I was raised in the Bible belt in a religious community. After graduating from college, I accepted my first job as an assistant to a local elected official in a nearby town of about 20,000 people.
When I first took the job, I was 22 and married. I was hired by a man in his early 70s. He had been working in local politics for over 40 years. He was well-known in the community and attended the same denomination of church as my family, although not actually the same church.