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My mother had 9 living children, one still-born and one miscarriage. She didn't like any of us. I have no idea as to why she had us except that the Church was against birth-control and, besides, there was no reliable birth-control back then -- we were all "rhythm babies."

We girls were expected to do heavy housework from the age of seven. That included taking complete care of any babies we had at any given time. We also mowed the lawn and pulled weeds in the flower beds. The boys did nothing around the house -- we girls made their beds and cleaned their rooms.

Little wonder that each of the girls left home when we turned 18. The boys stayed at home until they either joined the Army or got married.

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