A Consideration of Lives

In comparing my life with that of my grandparents I find my side of the list is uncomfortably full beside theirs. My parents are no longer alive so I am unable to obtain much information or personal anecdotes about either set of grandparents both of whom are no longer with us. Not to be beaten I decided to draw on my general knowledge of the time period in which they lived and together with my personal remembrance of the type of people my own parents were I reckoned I might be able to build a picture of sorts.....

I have decided to concentrate on my maternal grandparents as I do know a few facts about them and mindful that my mother's standards and attitudes would have been influenced by her upbringing this should give me some insight into theirs.

They were working class as were my parents, but the term applied today bears little resemblance to the status of that class in the1850's. My grandfather was a painter and decorator and on this wage he supported a family of eight plus himself and my grandmother whose work it was to see to the nurturing of them all. My older sister tells me that our mother once referred to how hard he worked and to her knowledge he didn't seem to have suffered any serious periods of unemployment. Mother also gave her the impression that the family never had a holiday, never went away at all, a fact hard to digest today.

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