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broken & swore I'd never have another boy friend. Ah! how simple life was then  I still knew very little about sex & nothing of sexuality, was given to understand the body something to be ashamed of & even later that men were "worse than beasts" though why, no-one told me. All babies were born at home or in the dreaded "Workhouse." Neighbors helped out at these times with the District Nurse. Men did nothing in the house  Any baby born disabled in mind or body was hidden away

When I was 12 we moved into a very large & to me quite palatial bungalow with a water closet, a proper bath, 3 bedrooms, a large living room with 3 windows & proper sink & kitchen, electric lights & a large garden. We had arrived!! I'd have various jobs as "mothers help"  6/- a week, under nanny as I've described already, where I learned more amount life, though still quite ignorant & innocent. I'd heard whispers & hints & was avid to know more, but one thing still, I was going to be a NURSE  another Florence Nightingale!! Silly me  I was soon disillusioned, but