of my girls used to ask me, "Mother, how was the Depression to you?"
Fine. We didn't suffer. I mean we were poor to begin with, but we
always had chickens, rabbits, and whatever. In fact, my mother used to
give to the ones that didn't have anything. And my dad used to have a
victory garden. All the time we used to have, not a fancy house, but we
always had something to eat and to give. They used to come over and ask
for some eggs. My mother used to give them whatever she could and my
father used to buy a sack of flour, a hundred pounds, and beans,
potatoes, so we always had something like that to eat. We were never
My dad was in the club where they used to go in Central Market and pick
the leftover fruit that were not good to sell. My mother used to make
applesauce out of the apples that were a little rotten - cut it out and
make applesauce. So we always used to have fruit. Whatever was good we
used to use it. So to us, we never went though a Depression, but there
was a lot of people that didn't have a home, didn't have nothing to
eat. We did, we had a little, even to share to somebody else.
Like I tell you, you need unity. Togetherness and all together you can
do something about it, but if you go one way and the other one goes the
other way, forget it.
I used to go dancing all the time, every little party, Teresa was there! (laughs)
With my relatives, you know, my brother has a big family, and on their
birthdays, or they get married, and they used to invite me. My husband
never wanted to go, so I would go, they would come for me. They always
used to have parties. I used to go, but my husband never liked to go no
place like that. He enjoyed reading the paper, looking into a nice TV
show. He knew all the actresses and everything that was going on in the
paper he knew. But otherwise that's about all, no music outside the
house or anything, just in his house.
I used to enjoy going out with my friends. I used to have a lot of
friends, and mostly all of them were Mexican group of musicians, and
they used to have little parties at home. At time they used to have
parties at home and nobody interfered or anything. And all the time
they used to invite me and here I go!