|Teenage experiences in World War II|
Describes responsibilities at home - `jobs around home' and how life was orientated around home, might play with children of neighbours.
Read `anything I could get my hands on'. Remembers `Anne of Green Gable' series. Remembers a few comics, no magazines - `no money for that sort of thing'.
Describes how religion was part of daily routine.
Remembers diphtheria epidemic of early thirties, most of family was hospitalised with it. Recalls that communities were stricter with infectious diseases like measles and mumps `full two weeks off school'.
Recalls that food was very basic, meat, veges and fruit when it was around. Father kept family in vegetables from garden..
Remembers as a treat going to grocery shop owned by Fraser Miller with a penny to buy bag of broken biscuits or bag of `specked' fruit.
Remembers coal range, kerosene lanterns and candles.
Describes washing in copper. `Tugging', squaring sheets and tablecloths - ironing.
Remembers family bathing in tin bath and that underclothes and clothes were changed a lot less.
Describes atmosphere in home - happy home and describes parents.
"you just didn't argue with Mum because she was Mum, a very special person and I don't think any of us wanted to argue with her"
Considered that family was very average, not well off, and how father's pneumonia put family into poverty for a time.
Recalls that families who were granted land after W.W.1. were considered well off in Te Aroha. They had cars earlier than anyone else. Doesn't remember any distinction at school between rich and poor.