My dad was a traveling high voltage lineman, about 25 years ago went to work at the Ford proving grounds as the company electrician and maintenance man. The plant was bought out by Chevy maybe 10 years ago, and he retired. About a year later they called him and asked him to come back as the supervisor. He sits at a desk now and hates it.
My mom ran a babysitting service out of out house. I remember her having 17 kids at once, all by herself. We played outside a lot, and I never had a toy that wasn't broken or stolen in record time. After my parents divorced, my mom went back to school, and became a teacher. She works for a school that specializes with special needs kids, something I would have never thought her capable of (she was insane).