One year I went over to Mrs. Drysdales a couple of times a week. My friends used to ask me to say hi to Jed and Jethro.
She was the lively widow of some big Detroit car mucky muck. I did soup to nuts. Helping her get together her tax stuff, writing anywhere between 5 and a dozen checks each day to charities, vacuuming, keeping her entertained with my college stories. Her mother, who was about 5000 years old and batty as hell would take about an hour and a half to make us 3 sandwiches and lemonade. I think moms was heavily spiked with vodka.
She tested me once. At the time I was annoyed, but I'd probably do the same today.
She never wore much jewelry that I noticied, just being around the house. Once she asked me to vacuum her bedroom, which she'd never done before. She made this big deal about making sure I got around her dresser. The old kind that had a big mirror and chair, like to get ready for a gala.
I realized what she was up to when I saw in plain sight, where even mom could have seen, some gold and diamond bracelet on the rug in front of the dresser. Not exactly something you'd just drop.
I just picked it up and laid it out right in the middle on the makeup area, on display. Didn't say anything.
10 minutes later she's all "Oh Chai! WHERE did you find this? I've been looking ALL over!"
I was her darling after that.
At the end of the season, she threw this bash and seriously, there was some big money there at the party.
She had a caterer, but she asked me if I could find a friend so she and I could serve drinks, hors d'oeuvres, clean up afterwards and stuff. She had this yacht theme going on and wanted to know if I had anything like that to wear.
I said "You mean nautical but nice?" (very punny)
Yes! Make sure you ask a really cute friend, you know what I mean....
Me and my girlfriend Patty showed up in pretty much matching sailor outfits, and it was funny how many of the geezers there just "happened" get lost on the way to the bathroom or pool and found the kitchen instead.
Mom got wasted and carried off to bed, and the scotch and water flowed.
Afterwards, cleaning up, Mrs. D. came to the kitchen and said "Oh sit girls, sit. You've worked enough. Come have drink with me."
It was really nice, sitting by the pool with Mrs. D, watching the moon on the ocean, having a cigarette and a couple cocktails.