"I remember one time, my God, we went to town. They always set the can of cream and the eggs together in the back of the car. And one time, we upset the damn cream.
     "Excuse my English! I forget I'm on this. Cut that out. [Laugh.]
     "Anyway, we upset the can of cream, and so there went our money for gas and groceries. So we had to do without."
     Question: "Listen, that's worth a 'damn.'"
     "[Laughs.] It was unreal. God, I tell you. That was our money for the week, to buy the groceries and gas for the car and whatever else we needed if we couldn't stretch it that far."

Mildred Opitz on Spilled Cream

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Other Excerpts from Mildred Opitz's Interview:

Poisoning Grasshoppers
1930s Balance Sheet
Another Depression?
The Worst Dust Storm
Giving Birth at Home
Keeping a Garden
Kids Growing Up Today
Flour Sacks for Clothes
Erecting Poles for the REA
Getting Lights and a Fridge
Indoor Plumbing
Simple Pleasures
Dating & Necking
Watermelon Time
Prohitition & Alcohol
The Dirty Thirties