My Scottish Grandparents were of simple working stock. My Grandfather was a coal miner born in the 1880s and he and my grandmother raised a large family, nine of whom survived into adulthood. They were raised through a time of poverty and recession in that time between the wars.
How they survived is a matter of speculation at a time when feeding a family was difficult and no National Health Service until 1947, but they did.
Social history does expand that picture. People in those days looked after each other and often people shared what they had with family and neighbours. There were many common sense remedies to the day to day ailments and the midwife was a busy but familiar face in the local community.
How times have changed! We havehuge National Health and welfare services to-day both of which are clearly overstretched and underfunded. But have communities changed for the better or even at all.
It is a sad reality of modern day life that there are many families existing on and below the breadline in England to-day. What is sadder, is the lack of support. Families are distant from one another, neighbours can have little contact with each another.
Then, families were trapped in the reality that to make ends meet life was frugal. To-day, the trap is not knowing how to be frugal.
My Gran regularly shared a pan of soup with a hungry neighbouring family. We need more of that to-day
Just a thought!