It was the summer
Before my Senior Year.
Someone told My parents
That I should go see
She needed a babysitter
I knew she had a big Family but it didn’t
Scare me much…
There were six kids in my own family.
It was my first real interview…and
She thought I could handle
When I got there the next morning
She had a list of instructions
For the day…
Who to wake up in what order,
What to fix for their breakfast
Who had permission to go where,
2 cake mixes, one yellow and one chocolate
to be made for snacks each day…no need to
frost them, just let them have at it and maybe have a
little butter on it if it was hot…
French toast was a bigtime favorite .
I think I remember hamburgers, tunafish,
And cans of soup for lunch.
Many days she would leave a
Pot roast she had started the night before for me to finish
So that supper would be pretty much ready when she
And Dad Schulte got home from work.
I must have done ok
Because she asked me to stay
When school started and get
Every one up, fed and off to
School in the morning.
After school it was
To know where everyone
Was, who was working,
Who was studying and helping
Those that needed it.
Sending the right
Ones off for
Chatecism on the
I remember helping
Billy study his
Baltimore Catechism in the
Little did either of us know that
That that would become an
Important part of my life when
I decided to marry a Catholic
And join the church.
And there was trying to get
Bobby to get up in the morning…
A next to impossible task…hope he
Is better at that now….
And Fuppa and her art work
That would end up on my
And there was Janet who
Always had every one of those
Pretty red hairs in place…oh how
I envied her red hair….and
Carolyn and Mary always busy.
Then there were the Shakespere
Arguments with Larry over Lady MacBeth
And Jimmy would bring his friends home
From Harvard and put all of their dirty
Dishes into the oven for me to wash
When I got home from
School on a Monday…
Those were the days my friends……
September 10, 2011