Directly after she'd eaten her dinner, she'd have to rush
back to work because she was only allowed half an hour. So
I had to do the washing-up before I went back to school
again. Right after I came out of school in the afternoon, I would
collect the two children from the day nursery, take them back
home, and then set to and clear up the place and make the
I never used to feel that I was suffering in any sense from
ill-usage. It was just the thing. When you were the eldest girl
in a working-class family, it was expected of you.
Of course, Mum took over in the evenings. She came back
about six and got us our tea which was the same as breakfast -
bread and margarine.
Unlike so many people I've met, I didn't really make any lasting
friends in my school days. But, being a member of a family, I
wasn't worried and, you see, we had the town itself.
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