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I was paid a weekly allowance of $0.25 for household chores since 1975, when I was 5. Initially, my responsibility was to keep my room tidy. In 1979, my chores included washing the dishes after supper. The allowance was never increased although in summer 1983, mowing the 0.3 acre was added to the list of responsibilities. |
I was allowed to earn money outside. Initially, I found dropped money, and then in 1981, I sold excess property. I opened my first bank account with the Royal Bank of Canada in 1977, an put the $30 per month from the government into the account. I was prohibited from touching the $30 per month. I was allowed to save or spend what I earned through work. When the Royal Bank of Canada paid me interest on my account balance, I skipped classes to instruct the bank to reverse the arithmetic mistake, so in response, a nice bank teller explained what interest is. I understood although I was 7. I stayed with the Royal Bank of Canada my whole life.
In 1984, I began cleaning for $8 per hour, working in the school library for $5 per hour, and volunteering for the government of Canada to do filing of encoded documents after classes, for one hour each workday. The school administration wanted to send me to the Lester B Pearson College of the Pacific and we found a chance for a sojourn in France which we guessed we could do in sequence.
In 1986 to 1987, I didn't work for money. Instead, I lived on the $2000 I had saved since 1977, paying for 2/5ths of the cost of my sojourn in France for 9 months, then I challenged grades 11 and 12 by examination, got university acceptance, then relocated to Britain where the Government gave me citizenship.
In 1987, in Britain, I worked part-time and did my maths A level in a few months. Prior to the A-level examination, my work for money was housekeeping, being a nanny of a two year old. Daily I was at work at 0500 to vacuum a department store for two hours. After the A-level exam in 1988, I worked full-time at McDonald's where I began learning the turn-key business solution. I was required to return to Canada although I didn't want to since I had two full-time jobs, friends, good personal relations in Bath, England, and was considering signing up with the British military in view of what had happened to my education.
In 1988, at 17, I left home and stayed financially self-supportive through work. I put myself through university, 5 classes, 1 full-time, 2 part-time jobs and tutoring mathematics. I mathematized business in 1990. My parents never said they were proud of me, nor of these achievements nor of my near perfect grades in mathematics since grade 9 . Instead, I was expected to support the family with loans, with being the emotionally strong one, with baby-sitting the family house and pets regardless of my schedule so family members could go on vacations. The requests for loans stopped in 1990, while I was starving, after I made the condition for a loan the requirement of being nice at some time while not requesting a loan.
In 1990, I proposed allowing me to tutor Calculus in large groups on a drop in basis, $5 door fee, for several hours at a time during exam preparation. I had the student requests to guestimate income between $100 to $200 per hour for many hours during the preparation season. I was not allowed to do the work since I was not allowed to earn a profit although many students requested I tutor them and I could not make the time available to the students in small groups. I went hungry through the holiday seasons.