Kids don't know these things until they become parents themselves. I didn't, until I was on their shoes . . . . .
A very well told story.Some people have never know lack of essential things. Lack is a good teacher.
This was a touching story, Robin, as it is true that parents who love their children always put their needs first. I know that my Mom went without things she needed many times to make sure we had what we needed, and I have done the same for my children. As grownups, they realize this and are grateful for it. When they were children I was glad they could keep a bit of innocence and believe that life was ok, even though they knew at times we were struggling. I know your Mom managed to keep you all fed until payday, mom's are miracle workers when it comes to that!
1946, I believe. Your Dad getting the winner of the Grand National at 100/1 (Lovely Cottage) might have helped a bit, I suppose.
I've been told that on this side of the pond, it was still quite common for kids to go to school without shoes in the '40s and '50s, even in urban areas. I'm not sure I believe it, though. I'm amazed at the ways our parents and grandparents were able to stretch their money to cover all the necessities. Now we live surrounded by abundance, but we always want more.