Now quitting a job in our little town of under 5,000 people was very serious. First off, there not many jobs to be had, and second off, everyone knows everyone and a bad reference could be equal to being blackballed. You might never get a job in that town again. I just knew that I would be going to college completely broke. I was heartbroken.
However, as luck would have it (or should I say as catastrophe would have it?), a serious flu epidemic hit our town. My mother, a nurse and hospital administrator, was out of town at a hospital convention. I was left in charge of my two brothers and sister in her absence. The flu hit all three of them, as well as most of our classmates. I spent days playing Nancy Nurse to them. They closed the school for a week, as they are doing now. I was one of the few in our town who did not get the flu. I never understood why. On the same day that my mother returned home from the hospital convention, I received a call from John Young. Apparently most of his waitresses had the flu as well. He was asking me to come back to work, and yes he would give me my raise. I worked for John’s Cafe up to the day I left for college.