All American Choices.
Years ago, parent told their kids get a job. The economy wasn’t the greatest but there was still the get a factory job for life idea. It was a good job. Pension, benefits, good pay, and work there the rest of your life. Look at those who are doing fine, now that they retired. It was hard to argue with my Father over this. After all, my Uncle put his time in and had one heck of a farm, nice house, and all the extras. My Uncles that hadn’t went that route, had smaller houses and stuff. Like in America stuff counts right?
So I drove myself up to the Ford’s factory’s HR department. I was a bit of fan, since I had purchased a nice new red Mustang off the lot the year before. Yet, working slightly above minimum wage wasn’t make the car and insurance payments with money left over. My “get a job” had resulted in lack luster results as far as my Father was concerned. Now I needed to get a real job. In other words, make more money. Not that my grocery store union job wasn’t real money. I just didn’t have any training or education to make more than a couple bucks an hour back then.
So, here I sat in my red Mustang at the entrance to Ford. Cars zipping pass the entrance thought I was an advertisement and honked as they went by. Why not? An all American picture was sitting in front of Ford. Red Mustang with a young blonde hair and blue eyed woman sitting at the gates of Ford? I beeped back and waved. Why not? I was making my car payments.
It really came down to two choices at this point. One, I could drive down the road to HR and get a job at Ford. Work at Ford for the rest of my life. Maybe marry a factory worker, have a nice farm, and never go into nursing. OR take the highway and never look back. You know, “American Woman”, wild and free. So do I drive out away from the Ford entrance and drive out into America, find myself, go on vacations, and meet the man of my dreams. Dare to pay my own way through nursing school?
I loved my red Mustang, but in the end I watched the tow truck carry her away while I held my one week old daughter while I was on maternity leave from my nursing job. I had made the right choice for me. America where every dream is possible.
Today is the 25th Anniversary of saying good by to the red Mustang.
Author: Lisa Goins PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, RMT is the CEO of Couture Health Care, www.couturehealthcare.org Dr. Goins' Couture Health Care articles covers health, spiritual, holistic news, reviews for nurses and the public. Dr. Goins' book is called "Do You Know Lisa? 2014 Collection of Health Questions, Answers, and Tips" available on Amazon.com and new book "CEO Business Objectives: Health, Wealth, and Success" will be published on 4/2015. Couture Health Care provides house call Nurse Practitioner visits in Southern Ohio.
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