Life is not all good or all bad either. We take the bitter with the sweet. If you let the bad things get you down, you had better find a way to get uplifted. Either by faith in God (belief in the Bible), your own strong will, encouragement from elders, or a combination of all. I received encouragement from the teachers I had in school. It was a public school but it was a good one. They always stressed that it was ‘accredited’ and at the time I didn’t understand what that was.
It was difficult growing up as the years went along. I received no guidance at all from my father that I remember. He died when I was eleven years old. Actually I don’t remember him ever going to work. He probably did but I was too young to remember it. On his death certificate it said his place of employment was a machine shop in Saint Joseph. His daughter probably had this put on there. By this time he and my mother were divorced. My mother was probably a stay-at-home housewife for a few years until his drinking made things worse.