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Mick takes another step into adult responsibility at the young age of fourteen when she decides to take a job to help the family with expenses. The reason for her taking the job is largely altruistic; she wants to be a part of the working family, to help the family make ends meet. This is the first time in the novel that the reader sees the Kelly family all together and loving each other. It is also the first time Mick has been nurtured by the older members of her family. Itís funny, then, that at the very moment when she receives their love as a child getting love from family, that she decides to join them as adults and take the job.