By Mollie Moran
Whilst younger Mollie grew to become a 'skivvy' in a stately London townhouse elderly simply 14, she quick realized that an enormous volume of elbow grease and a feeling of humour will be tantamount to surviving there. via Mollie's eyes we're provided a desirable glimpse into London's invisible 'downstairs', an international that has long-since vanished.
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Extra info for Aprons and Silver Spoons: The Heartwarming Memoirs of a 1930s Scullery Maid
Everybody said Dad was a genius. He could build or fix anything. One time when a neighbor's TV set broke, Dad opened the back and used a macaroni noodle to insulate some crossed wires. The neighbor couldn't get over it. He went around telling everyone in town that Dad sure knew how to use his noodle. Dad was an expert in math and physics and electricity. He read books on calculus and logarithmic algebra and loved what he called the poetry and symmetry of math. He told us about the magic qualities every number has and how numbers unlock the secrets of the universe.
Twenty-three men had already proposed to her, Mom told Dad, and she had turned them all down. " she asked. "I didn't propose to you," Dad said. " Six months later, they got married. I always thought it was the most romantic story I'd ever heard, but Mom didn't like it. She didn't think it was romantic at all. "I had to say yes," Mom said. " Besides, she explained, she had to get away from her mother, who wouldn't let her make even the smallest decision on her own. " Dad left the air force after he got married because he wanted to make a fortune for his family, and you couldn't do that in the military.
I waited for what seemed like a long time before I decided it was possible Mom and Dad might not come back for me. They might not notice I was missing. They might decide that it wasn't worth the drive back to retrieve me; that, like Quixote the cat, I was a bother and a burden they could do without. The little town behind me was quiet, and there were no other cars on the road. I started crying, but that only made me feel more sore. I got up and began to walk back toward the houses, and then I decided that if Mom and Dad did come for me, they wouldn't be able to find me, so I returned to the railroad tracks and sat down again.
Aprons and Silver Spoons: The Heartwarming Memoirs of a 1930s Scullery Maid by Mollie Moran