After several weeks of working in the office, Mrs. L. informed me that she needed me to help out cleaning the rooms. In retrospect, I think Mrs. L. was trying to get me to quit my job. All of the maids were black girls and in the segregated south, a white girl would never co-mingle with black girls. What Mrs. L. didn't realize, though, was that I was from California and it just didn't occur to me that I wasn't supposed to be friendly to the black girls. I was just so thrilled to be out of the office, and Mr. L.'s grabbing.
So I went out to work with the maids, and all of the girls were wonderful to me. We all became fast friends, and joked around with one another. There were two or three girls and they had a car and offered to give me a ride home after work. I climbed into the back seat with several other girls and off we went. Unfortunately, we needed gas, and pulled into a gas station. When we stopped at the gas station there was a guy I knew from school. When he saw me in a car with black girls he began shouting obscenities at me. Then other guys in the gas station also began chanting the obscenities. I glared at them, but didn't get out of the car. We got our gas as quickly as possible and left. I wasn't afraid for me but I was afraid for the girls. They didn't offer me a ride after that.
I did run into the girls on the local bus one day. They couldn't come up to the front of the bus to talk to me, so I went to the back of the bus and sat with them. We joked around while we traveled. When I exited the bus the driver made a nasty remark as he spit some "snuff" in my direction.
There was one time when I was doing the maid detail when a young guy from New York saw me and introduced himself. He was a guest at the motel and very good looking. As I made the bed, with the door to the room wide open, we talked and joked. Within a few minutes Mr. L. came running into the room, telling the boy to leave immediately and informing me I was acting like a "floozy". I was shocked and embarrassed. That was my last day as a maid. I was officially told to report to the office on the following day.