My mom worked in a drapery shop,called The Scotch Wool Shop in Birmingham city centre,although the family lived on the outskirts of Birmingham.One morning,after a night of heavy raids over the city,she arrived for work to find the shop,along with a whole row of buildings,reduced to a pile of rubble.I have photos of the devastation that morning and can imagine the horror of the people finding their workplaces,shops and offices,gone overnight.
My mother then trained as a psychiatric nurse,so the war gave her an unexpected career change.Of course,she had to leave nursing when she married after the war in 1949 as married women did back then from many professions.
My father was in the Polish Resettlement Corps and he and my mother were pen pals who met up and fell in love.
How the war changed the course of life for so many,that is the lucky ones who survived it.
What do you consider a low income in retirement?
How much interest did your parents take in your education?