As a little girl, I grew up in outer Chicago area, not suburbs. Other than playing after school with good friends, I wasn’t in any other activities. Basically for financial reasons. I’m the oldest of 4 girls – we lived on a tight budget. My mom got a night job when I was 12 just to bring in some extra money. That change made me the “lady of the house” until we moved to WI when I started high school. I did everything my mom did when she was home except laundry. I took care of my younger sisters, cooked dinner, cleaned the house every week (which meant washing the kitchen floor on your hands and knees) :), ironed the clothes and kept up with my school work. My dad would get home about 5:30, mom left for work at 3:30 so I came right home from school to watch my sisters and start dinner. Life was different back in the 50’s. We didn’t do “fast food” or take out. I don’t regret any of it. Made me very independent and efficient.