My name is Brooke Barker and it is the year 1933. It is a terrible time of suffering because we are in the midst of the Great depression. Some 13 to 15 million Americans are unemployed and nearly half of the country’s banks have failed.
We are a family of 5. Me, my 2 brothers, and my mom and dad. My father has three jobs. He works in a steel mill and is a carpenter. On the side he concrete sidewalks and driveways. My mother is a housewife. My brothers and I all have a variety of jobs to help sustain our family. We would sell newspapers for the Telegram News. We would sell old rags and scrap iron, bottles and aluminum to the scrap man. We would caddie for doctors, attorneys and their wives. In early spring, we would rake the leaves and trim the hedges, and in the winter, we would shovel snow
We are considered one of the lucky ones because we have a small cabin our father built us. It only has one room and is very crammed but it keeps us warm in the winter. Many people are homeless because they lost their job and can’t pay their rent. We let some families sleep in our house for a couple nights until they can get back on their feet. We didn’t have much money to spend, but on the other hand there wasn’t much that we needed to spend our money on.
Most every family had a garden. We eat vegetables and beans for every meal. On special occasions we would eat bread and gravy. My favorite meal was carrots. My mom stressed education to my brothers and I. My bothers never made it a priority like I did. I am currently in high school and try to make it to school whenever it is possible and I am well enough. Although the past couple years have been hard, it has made me a stronger person.
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