Interview with Vanessa Venable
QUESTION 7
INTERVIEWER:

AND YOU WERE A TEACHER AND YOU ENDED UP LOSING YOUR JOB AS WELL. CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT WHAT THAT WAS LIKE DURING THE PERIOD THAT YOU WERE OUT OF A JOB AND TRYING TO GET YOUR CHILDREN IN THE SCHOOL?

Vanessa Venable:

My children were both in high school when the schools were closed. It was- one was in the 12th grade and the other in the 10th grade. The one that was in the 12th grade managed to graduate that year and was off to college the next year. But with him going off to college and with one coming into the 10th grade, Mama needed her cheek, and I had an invalid mother at the same time, so it was very, very difficult finding a way to support the son that was away in college and finding a place for the daughter who was entering the 10th grade at the time, so I managed to, find a job in Charlottesville, so I came to Charlottesville and at first I left my invalid mother home with my husband to take care of her. But then that didn't work out too well, so [I] eventually had to move my mother to Charlottesville to a nursing home where I could oversee her care here. And in the meantime, go back and forth home to see what's going on there.