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Then tomorrow meet with Mr. Jefferies and he will show you what to do," the principal said. Mr. Jefferies was to receive one dollar out of the four paid by the paper for each column sent in and was to manage the page. He had conceived a student news bureau more ambitious than it turned out to be. The high school correspondents were also supposed to visit neighboring elementary schools for news. That first month I diligently called on one almost every afternoon on my way home, walking most of the distance.
My scrubbing, housecleaning, and dishwashing, of course, continued, but as long as Lyle's wardrobe profited, she lent her support. Eventually the time arrived on October 31 when there was no more sewing to do. Mrs. Bryson and I were in the dining room finishing a party dress for Lyle when she said out of the blue, "It might be well for you to look around for more suitable employment. You need not hurry to leave. I'm very fond of you, but would not care to recommend you as a housekeeper. You are too slow and your studies interfere too much.
After her death, Dick and I found three more lengthy autobiographical accounts, and innumerable diaries, journals, and letters. Her earliest life-history writing, I believe, is from the 1930s. Mc Donald's last manuscript stood as one in a series of many constructions of herself, a final set of decisions driven by the cumulative successes, disappointments, and tensions in her life. Over fifty years, Lucile Mc Donald wrote five "autobiographies"life stories of five different women. As editor, Dick has had the difficult task of seeing his mother's life as a whole, when she herself was unwilling to do so.
A foot in the door: the reminiscences of Lucile McDonald by Lucile McDonald, Richard McDonald