This was going to be an entry telling about my cookbooks and how I learned to cook, but I realized that before I do that, I need to give some background information.
After graduating in 1962, I went to work at a mail order catalog company, National Bellas Hess.
It was sort of a poor man's Sears and Roebuck. I didn't drive, but my brother-in-law worked in the same vicinity, so I rode with him and he dropped me off at work.
I hadn't had the job long when the company my dad worked for, Alton Paper Box, decided to relocate from North Kansas City to Blue Springs, Missouri, which was a little podunk town east of Kansas City; my parents put their home in Kansas City, North, up for sale and purchased a house outside Blue Springs. No way would I be able to get to work from there; Interstate 70 hadn't even been put in yet and besides, there was no city bus service there.
I was going to have to find a place to live near a bus stop. I remembered my aunt had stayed at an upstairs apartment for awhile until her husband got their farm sold, and I asked my parents about that. Mother knew the people and set me up. I was going to live alone at 2638 East 11th Street!
I bought what little furniture I needed that my parents couldn't supply, and I was on my own.
As someone who didn't drive, suddenly the world opened up to me; I could hop on the bus and go anywhere! I went to the Kansas City library. I went to see Peter, Paul, and Mary in concert. I went to an occasional movie. Of course, I had to watch my pennies, since I was making minimum wage, which was at that time $1.15 an hour.
Later on I moved to an apartment just down the street from National Bellas Hess where I could walk to work, but I still went wherever I wanted to (and could afford) on the bus.
I lived on my own for three-and-a-half years.
Cliff's youngest sister and I agree that everyone would do well to live alone, just to know what it's like and to see that it can be done.
Oh, I sometimes felt lonely; I really wanted my prince to come along, so I could have the dozen babies I planned on having. (Boy, was I nuts, or what?) But for the most part, my life was good and I was content. I read a lot; I had a little black-and-white television. Until the very last few months of my living alone, I had absolutely no social life; I worked and went home. On payday evening, I'd walk to Krogers, several blocks away, and buy what I needed to eat; it was never more than I could carry home. I spent most weekends with my parents in Blue Springs.
I've tried to tell you folks before, I am a peculiar person. Always have been, always will be.
I'll get to that cookbook entry after while.