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The last thing I saw, before arriving home, was the carpenter’s shop. Sometimes I would go in to ask for some small slats, so I could make a kite. Every once in a while, you could see them making a coffin, then you knew someone had died. This intrigued me and when my mom called me to come home, I took too much time getting there.
School was out at 4 pm, and when my dad came home at 5pm, he wanted to have an early dinner so he could go to our garden and work on our produce. Sometimes I had to go with him to help with the watering, and later, I would help with the harvest. We would prepare the produce to be ready to be put in the big rented freezer for the winter season. I can remember going into the below zero freezer compartment in summer, when temperatures outside ranged from 80-90 degrees, only wearing a T-Shirt and shorts. I didn’t stay in there longer than necessary. I was always afraid of that big, thick door. I worried that it would close on me and I would not be able to get out. However, they did have a stick close to it for your protection, it could keep the door from closing. We did not have a freezer at home so this big freezer was necessary for us to maintain our food for the winter. It was a big storage for fruit cooling and they had compartments for rent for people like us. I also remember that I didn’t always like to help because when my friends were playing, I had to work. But by winter, we had good food and then I understood why we worked so hard. My neighborhood friends liked to eat with us and I know I didn’t like to eat at their homes… LOL. My mom was a good cook and we had pretty good food. I had an aunt and uncle, who owned a grocery store, and lived in the same town. My dad would sometimes deliver special groceries to them because they would sell our produce to special people in town, such as, the mayor, the pastor and many more VIPs. They knew how good our produce was. In general the people of our own church received it for free when we had more than we could eat ourselves. I also took some to our friends and people who attended the same church as we did. My aunt and uncle went to another church but my cousins attended the same school as we did.