Once a long time ago I was a lunch lady. I had to wear a hairnet, uniform and ugly white shoes.
The women I met during my four years made a huge impact on my life. I learned to respect who they were and how hard they worked. I was the youngest so they all felt the need to tell me what to do. I took it all in stride and eventually started to absorb their words of wisdom.
One lady I became especially close to was Kaye Holt. She taught me that work ethic is one of the most important qualities a person needs. She taught me to put vinegar in a pot and boil it to get the burnt food loose and always put a pan in hot water upside down because it scrubbed easier. Kaye always used this spray when she was baking. It stayed on her table and if you borrowed it you had to be sure you put it back. I always called it KAYE SPRAY. It was a joke between the ladies and I.
Once my mother was very ill and I was working and going to school. Every day for months Kaye made my family dinner. When I look back on this I cry because that is what a mother does. I learned to be a better parent and person because of Kaye. She taught me the value of a relationship between a wife and a husband. Kaye lived her life to the fullest by always helping others whether it was her family, or her coworkers.
I will miss you, Kaye.
Jennifer Martin Brown
Elkin City Schools