Mother was both generous and frugal all at the same time. Our home in a London suburb of Britain was always filled with relatives, families and friends. The kettle boiled away merrily on the stove. Tea was ready to be drunk by all. I was a child of the 2nd world war.Mother was frugal not only with food but everything else that was part of day-to-day living. Nothing was wasted. All scraps of precious soap were saved and used in a metal device called a soap-saver. The little meat ration we had was mixed with potatoes to become rissoles. We ate a lot of rissoles. Mother darned father’s socks. Turned his shirt collars. Lengthened our dress hems. Patched the sheets. Boiled dishrags. We wanted for nothing. Everyone that visited our house brought sorrows, joy or laughter, but my sister Annie and I were just loved. A bar of chocolate was a treat to be eaten over a period of at least a week. If Annie ate all of hers first, then I gave her a piece of mine. That was how things were.Father, on the other hand, was just generous. Our home had a large garden and during the war… Read full this story
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