When Mama was in high school, in addition to working tobacco in the summertime, she also got a job at a local diner. Many of their customers were young Marines who were stationed at nearby Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
Life when Mama was growing up was difficult (to say the least!) by our standards, but for her family things just were the way they were and the family learned to make do. In this video, she recalls their lack of indoor plumbing, the excitement of getting electricity, and trips to the grocery store.
Mama (on the right) and her younger sister Shirley were adventurous tomboys when they were growing up. They were always running off together, doing who-knows-what, but one of their most memorable expeditions was when they discovered a treasure at the nearby dump.