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Boys and girls left school at fourteen years old and I couldn't wait to reach that magic age, so that I could leave the Children's Home. At last it arrived and in 1941 I left.
We children had no choice as to what we wanted to do. Automatically girls were placed 'in service' and boys went to work on farms or got labouring jobs and lodgings.
I was moved into the Matron's house for domestic training, ready for work in service. Although I was already versed in all things domestic because of the chores that the girls in the home had had to do, I had to learn to wait on table.
I remember feeling that life had again dealt me a duff hand of cards, as there were so many other things I felt I could have made a success of, if only I was given the chance.
However, I was offered a position after six months and I said goodbye not only to the Home but also to my childhood! I was out in the world on my own!