Both of my grandmothers found as they came of age that they had to leave their family and home. Women in a more stable home environment in the 1930s probably would not have made the choice these women did.
My paternal grandmother, Dolores, certainly wasn’t leaving a place where she felt safe and secure. She was looking for one where she could belong and she found that, I believe, with her Aunt Laura and girl cousins – Gertrude and Eunice.
For my maternal grandmother, Lizzie Lou, once she left her family behind in Eads, there seems to have been no going back for her – even after she lost her daughter and husband. She found a new husband but never had any other children.
For each of them, there was no one to fall back on because they both lost their mothers at a young age. There was nobody to catch them, it wasn’t an option. They had to be relatively self-reliant.