Food was still rationed – [it was not completely lifted in UK till 1954]
Not that folk had much money after the war to buy food or anything else much
Certainly, my folks didn’t have money to waste on a cot for me when I was born – they made up a bed for me in a drawer of their dresser !
I don’t remember it, but I’m sure . . . it was warm and cosy, and they obviously fed me well enough and didn’t confine me to the drawer all the time – else I’d never have learned to walk. and wouldn’t be here now.
The bed in the drawer was an act of love – their attempt to do their best for me with the limited means at their disposal
There has been an understandable reaction of horror to the discovery of a little developmentally-retarded, severely malnourished girl found in the boot of a car taken in to a garage for a service. The man who took his wife’s car to the garage claims not to know anything about the little girl apparently living in the boot – and that is surely the truth, otherwise he would have removed her before leaving the car at the garage.
Seems the mother kept the child’s birth a secret from the father and their other 3 children by hiding her in the boot of her car for 15 – 23 months
Easy to condemn the mother for her action, but without knowing her reasons for hiding the existence of the child from her husband and their 3 other children, perhaps we should not be so quick to judge?
If she did not want the child she could have killed her or abandoned her.
She does not sound as if she is the full shilling herself. Perhaps, instead of wanton cruelty, in her own feeble misguided ineffectual way she was trying to protect her child – keeping her hidden in the boot of her car was an act of love, not hate ?