By then, school was a lot of fun, and I had some of the most wonderful teachers. I especially enjoyed the many field trips to so many exciting places in Miami the Science Museum, Parrot Jungle, The Serpentarium, Tropical Hobbyland, Crandon Park Zoo and Miami Seaquarium, just to name a few.
My parents really never had a lot of money, but they did manage to give us the most memorable childhood. Thank goodness it didnt take a lot of money to have a good time in those days. There was always something to look forward to.
We were rewarded with spending money for doing our chores and helping out around the house.
My sister and I would take the Number 25 bus all the way downtown to go shopping. That was such a fun ride. Wed have lunch at one of the dime stores like Woolworths or McCrorys lunch counter. Those charbroiled cheeseburgers and root beer floats alone were worth the trip. Other times, wed enjoy Saturday afternoons at Virginia Key Beach with a big picnic basket.
If there was a new movie out, my dad would load us all into the car and head to the drive-in theatre. We wore our pjs and made our Jiffy Pop popcorn before leaving home. It was so wonderful back in those days with so much to do.
By 1969, I was a senior at Miami Central High and ready for graduation. I registered at Miami-Dade Community College North campus and started work for the telephone company, a job that lasted more than 25 years. Both of my parents and three of my siblings have now passed on, my mom most recently.
Today, my husband and I are still enjoying life to the fullest here in Miami. More than 50 years ago, my parents wanted to provide a better life with more opportunity for their children in Miami, and I must say that was accomplished, many times over.
Today, I enjoy cooking big meals and having my children and grandchildren over to visit. That says it all. Life is great because the best time is now.