The Victorian Days

Posted on 14 August 2012 | Narrative

Our second story this week from Norman Rowley.

“The table was set with white tablecloth and napkins when we went for a meal at my father’s parents. The adults were seated whilst the children stood at the table between them. The adults ate first with the children not being allowed to speak to each other or to elders. When the adults had finished we were fed but not given seats.

My mother was very upset about this situation and stated, “If the children are not given seats or allowed to eat or speak at the same time as ourselves then we will not come again for a meal.” Life was strict in those days.

Although we visited, we never went for another meal.”