I was born and raised in and around Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
In my opinion we were the basic family at that time. Both of my parents worked. For that reason a sister of my mother lived in with us to take care of us.
As we grew older Mom taught us to do chores, I was responsible for the sidewalk in the winter, the lawn in the summer. My sisters were taught how to start supper so that when Mom arrived home she just had to do the finish touches. We were expected to be there unless we had permission to be away. At that time there were no cell phones, computers, just a landline phone. All our friends knew not to call during the time of our eating supper.
My Mom was quite amazing, her Mother, my Grandmother thought some things were too liberal. You see, Mom allowed us to speak our opinion but it had to be spoken with respect, no attitude.
My paternal Grandmother was Roman Catholic. My mother told me when it came time for us kids to start attending school that she and my Roman Catholic Grandmother had a knock downed argument. Grandma thought we should be attending a Catholic school, Mom thought different. Needless to say Mom won.
The children were not baptized in the Roman Catholic Church, thus, we were considered bastards in the eyes of the Church. I cannot recall ever going to anything within the Roman Catholic Church when we were growing up.
Now my father was a case all of his own. I call him Archie Bunker ll. I cannot recall one time growing up that he said he loved us, proud of us. If I brought home an A on an assignment, his response was “can’t you do better”.
As I grew older I became his punching bag. He had a hair trigger temper that would erupt over the slightest issue. It kept us sitting on pins and needles. He disliked the High School I chose because it was not a trade teaching school. I chose an Academic High School, choosing all business related courses. Courses like accounting, typing, computers, etc.,. If I did what he thought I would be a backyard mechanic.
When I entered High School Mom did not set a curfew for me, she knew I would always come home at a proper time. I went to school in the dark, and came home in the dark when I knew my father was asleep in bed. The only rule, come in the house quietly without disturbing my Mother”s sleep.
I dropped out of High School in the middle of Grade Eleven and quickly left home. I began to do some itinerant speaking and Gospel Music.
That was the long beginning of having the opportunity of travelling with another Evangelist throughout Canada and the United States.