Their mom refused to get out of bed and go to work. She claimed that she was sick when she really wasn't.
Jeannette's dad spanked her with his belt because she told her parents they don't act like parents and wouldn't apologize.
"I was going to get out of Welch...I decided the next day I'd go to G.C. Murphy and buy a pink plastic piggy bank I'd seen there...It would be the beginning of my escape fund," (Walls 221).
"Lori showed Ken and Bob some of her illustrations. They told her she had talent and said if she was serious about becoming an artist, she needed to go to New York City," (Walls 222).
You're talented. You should go to New York.
Jeannette found the piggy bank empty and suspected that her dad took it. She told Lori, and Lori waited until their dad came home to confront him. He was AWOL for three days before he came home.
You bastard! You stole our money!
Mrs. Saunders offered Jeannette a summer job babysitting, for $200 and a bus ticket back to Welsh. Jeannette asked them to take Lori instead, and give her a ticket to New York City instead of Welsh. Mrs. Saunders agreed.