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Donna Flood
Finding Heart
College 1956


My Uncle bought this Buick for me to drive to school. It was a beautiful convertible in a soft yellow, and an interior of rich tan leather upholstery. As long as I behaved myself, it was mine. In the summers I drove for my uncle for wages while he engaged in his Indian artifact and souvenir business. This is what the trailer on the back is about. He trusted me completely and would often sleep between appointments while we covered great expanses of the country. It was a busy joyful time and there are no complaints. The effort I put into school as to doubling up on studies was of great use to me because it wasn't long after this, my father was injured on the job and I had to go to work.

By working at Chilocco Indian School I was able to make very good wages at the time. Rent was eleven dollars a month there. I had a meal ticket at the café for twenty-eight dollars a month. The most expense I had was the pair of shoes bought usually every two weeks. The walks on the campus from my room to my job, to the café, the main office and back to the principal's office on cement sidewalks were what ate my shoe soles up. The rest of my salary went to my family at home, my two brothers, my sister, Mother and Father. Mother was working a double shift cooking in a café but it wasn't enough. This didn't last forever though. Dad soon recovered and was able to resume his work. This is when I began to save in order to return to college which my husband, Rodney Lee Flood and I attended together after our marriage in 1957.

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