The 1950s was a decade of stay at home moms many of whom, after working during the war effort as young women, were encouraged by our government to quit working and raise families. Some of those young post WWII families were ours although some of our peers’ parents could be up to 10-15 years older. In some cases, that difference in parents’ ages could contribute to significant differences in our living standards since they had been in the workforce longer and had achieved some additional growth as a result.
Reading some of these old bits of ephemera now provides an occasional hint of things to come; the things we couldn't have known or even recognized then. One such instance is found in the nearby column that mentions the Women's Club as a venue for the MJH 9th grade end of year dance with music to be provided by "some college boys."
The significance of the "Women's Club" reference, I'm sure went right by nearly all of us. Someone associated with MJH PTA either was a member of the Fort Worth Women's Club or had the notion to use the facility for the dance. The Women's Club was established very early in the 20th century and is/was a solid connection to "old Ft. Worth" society activities. In my mind, this connection suggests the reason so much attention was paid to getting our younger incarnations tamed, into white sport-coats, and introduced to dancing lessons and pretty party dresses. More on this in the next few chapters....