Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Recovery]
“Well, my turn came to be laid off. On my desk one morning I found a letter to that effect. Of course it read, ‘With appreciation for my valuable service, deep regret, best wishes, etc.’ But that didn't help my feelings much. My job was gone and my savings too. Except for the time I served during the war, that was the first day I was without a job since I was just a boy. I went on home to break the news to Louise. She was not suprised, for we had both been expecting it.
“I didn't lose any tine worrying but got my hoe and went to the garden. Oh, that garden was a lifesaver to me in more ways than one. Some way, you can't worry and watch things grow all at the same time.
“I don't remember just how long I went without work, but it seemed a long time to me. Funds were getting mighty low but we said nothing about it. My idea of stepping right into another job was erroneous. In normal times I could have, but then there were no jobs to be had. Of course, I preferred work in my line but soon saw I would do well to get a job at anything.
“I was blessed with friends and, even though we were cutting down expenses in every way and could not live as we always had, my friends