Today’s prompt: Did your mother or grandmother work outside the home? What did she do? Describe her occupation.
Bad-timing plagued my paternal grandfather. First, he bought a taxi company just as the city of Portsmouth was introducing busses. Unable to survive the competition with cheap public transportation, he and my grandmother moved to Burlington, North Carolina and then bought yet another struggling taxi company. And that’s when my granny became a working woman.
Julia Walsh Slade took on the duties as dispatcher for Burlington Cab. My only solid memories of her working were from those visits in the summer. While she sat at the desk answering the phone and radioing the drivers, I would style her hair. She had beautiful white hair cut in a bob. Sometimes I brushed it smooth and sleek. Sometimes I twisted it into a bun that wouldn’t stay. I’d create a curl along her cheek. Yeah, I styled it alright. Granny would admire herself in the mirror. Quite often she laughed.
And that’s what a taxi cab dispatcher does.