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All sports-minded, the O'Connors through the years have planned family vacations around skiing. Here, John, son Scott, and Sandra try the slopes in Utah. (Left) Sandra O'Connor and sons Jay, Brian and Scott pose by the family pool in Phoenix (about 1975). The boys have emulated their parents' achievements through their own successful careers and community activities. "I think John and the boys are as close as a father and sons could possibly be," says Sandra. Dad, mom and brother Scott attend Brian's graduation from Colorado College. volunteer work, but primarily I stayed home for that interval. "Two things were clear to me from the onset, I think," the justice says. "One is, I wanted a family, and the second was that I wanted to work—and I love to work. I always have, and I just never thought about living my life without being in the work force in some way. It just didn't occur to me that I wouldn't. I was very fortunate in my life to have some opportunities to do work which was particularly interesting. I might not have felt the same way if the work hadn't been so interesting, but for me it always was." When eventually she went back to work, it was to a job with flexible hours that allowed her to be with her family when necessary. Asked how she managed to rear her three boys and maintain a busy career, the justice replies, "It wasn't easy. I think what it does is force you to be very efficient both at home and at work. You have to give up a lot of social activities that you might otherwise engage in, and you don't have time for much else except keeping your household going and doing THE SATURDAY EVENING POST your job." And how did the boys fare through all of this? "I think our children grew up expecting me to be working. Be- 45 cause I wasn't always available to them, they had to learn to manage some things on their own and to be a bit more independent than they might otherwise have been. I think in the long run that's an advantage. "I have a couple of examples, to prove where I think that they managed very well," explains Justice O'Connor. "One day while I was at work, our muchloved dog apparently wandered away from home and was struck by an automobile. The dog somehow dragged his poor, horribly injured body back to the house. When our children found him, they had to solve the problem immediately. Because I was not available they had to be resourceful. So they found an old door, took it off the hinges and made a stretcher for the dog and carried him to the veterinarian for treatment. "On another occasion I was again unavailable when the children discovered a swarm of bees in our house. I guess a queen bee found a little way in through the siding, and the whole bee colony followed. When the children discovered what had happened,


1985_09_01--142_SP Her Honor Rancher's Daughter
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