To the Editor: No more paper girls or paper boys? THAT IS PROGRESS?
I’m the mother of five (1 girl, now 58, and 4 boys, the youngest is 49) who delivered the Morris Herald for 13 years, starting with our daughter.
Since their father was an over-the-road truck driver, there rarely was a car to help, so they walked — rain, snow and even in the dark — when their paper arrived to be delivered. They knew this was their responsibility to get them delivered.
It was a way to earn a little “pocket” money. Delivering really wasn’t a problem, but when they had to collect (usually on a Saturday a.m.) with that blue book with a green slip, per week, they really disliked (hated) that part of the job.
Most all their customers were extremely good to them and, when Christmas came around, they usually received a gift (maybe an extra dollar, cookies, or candy). So they put a thank you in the classifieds showing their appreciation.
They had many funny and sad incidents; we sometimes laughed, sometimes we cried together.
Our daughter saved all her money and bought her first riding horse the day she was to start her freshman year at MVK. She is 58 now and still rides and competes. She now works at the animal hospital in Morris.
Our one son came home one day just before Christmas and said, “There are some rich folks on Main Street.” I asked him why he thought they were rich? He replied, “They have two Christmas trees.”
I wish I could remember more incidents, as there were many more. Delivering and collecting money for the Morris Herald taught all our kids responsibility and a way to earn a little pocket money. This was their first job!
I’m really sorry other boys and girls won’t have the opportunity our family had, delivering the Morris Herald.