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Chapter 4 Remembering

Chapter 4 Remembering The Past April had always looked up to Jenny as she stood up for what she believed was right and argued with Betty and fought to protect April. Although she was only six she knew that she wanted to be like her sister. Jenny left after she had finished her schooling to live with a friend in a local pub. She had her own room enjoyed the company of the owner’s daughter. She worked as a cleaner there, to pay for her keep. Jenny felt sorry for April but needed to leave, although she knew April would be there alone with the others she knew it was better for her to away from Betty and her family. Her father wasn’t too happy about this, but he understood and let her go. April sat on May’s old bed thought about the happy times when May came to visit. May always told April that “one day you will grow up and have your own home and family, and plenty of love, be brave little one.” These words helped April get through, she would also sit in her room and look through the window, dreaming of that day to come. April remembered how they all helped with

chores such as; black leading the fireplace, emptying the night time slops and wash day. Now that her sisters were gone she had to do these things alone. Times were hard for everyone, but April always wished that Betty wouldn’t make it worse. 26 When it came to bath time they all had to share the water from the wash tub and they washed their hair with the water from wash tub too and rinsed it with cold water. Afterwards they had to ladle the fresh water back into the tub to reheat it. Wash day is the busiest day, as most of the washing was done by hand and sometimes they used a rub board to be hung on a line in the kitchen to dry. April hated helping with this job as she could never reach the line and the wet clothes were always too heavy. It was at these times that she missed her helpful sisters the most. April felt sad in the home, she would often sit on the wall outside watching people going by, feeling very alone in the world. John and Betty enjoyed their evenings out with their friends in the local pub. When they went out April and the younger children were sent to bed, they played or looked through the window to gaze at the stars. The older children would come home later and

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