David was a high school teacher, and Tillie was a caregiver.
Jack and his younger sister, Maribeth, who was three years younger than Jack, went with Tillie to her jobs. Jack loved the way his mother was so caring and kind to the patients and decided at a very young age that he wanted to do that when he got older.
David thought that a caregiver or nurse was a woman's job and not for any son of his, but Jack never changed his mind.
The years flew by and the children had good lives. Jack didn't like leaving his little sister, whom he called Bethie, at home when he had to go to school, but he grew to love school. When Bethie was old enough to attend, he led her all around and showed her all his special places.
When Bethie was 15 years old, she was abducted. Her body was discovered two weeks later behind the old mill in Bude. She had been raped and strangled. The killer was never found and the incident changed the entire family. David became bitter and Tillie became very withdrawn and wouldn't talk to anyone, including Jack.
When Jack was 18, he left home and got a job in Oxford as a clerk in a department store. He did that for ten years before deciding to go back to school so he could finally get a job as a nurse's aide.
Remembering the example his mother had set, Jack flew through the program, and upon graduation was immediately hired on at the Yoknapatawpha Acres Nursing Home.