During my earliest memories of my school days, my mother attended school to become a “beautician.” Her classes were held during the time I arrived home from school; when I arrived home, my older cousin was there to greet me and my siblings. She usually stayed with us until my mother came home.
The first thing I usually did after school was go to the butcher shop (next door to the school), and say “Hi” to the owner. After leaving the butcher shop, my siblings and I would either stop and buy a large soft pretzel, or a few penny candies at the local store on the way home.
Once we moved, my mother was usually home when I came home from school each day. She was a “stay at home” mom at that point. She was usually on the couch watching TV when I came home from school. When the TV show Dark Shadows was popular, I used to go directly into the “playroom” and watch the show with my mother and sisters. We would then talk about what we saw for a while after the show (speculating what we thought was going to happen during the next episode). Later (during my high school years), I would play chess for hours after school (with some of the neighborhood kids). We would meet at different houses, play chess and talk about random things.