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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

R is for Rules

At the Liverpool Blue Coat School for orphans and fatherless children, where my mother was a student from 1937 to 1940, there were lots of rules. (See B is Blue Coat School)

Boys and girls were strictly segregated
Boys and girls were lined up - separately of course - by height, and marched into the dining hall or to the chapel
No talking during meals
No talking to, smiling at or waving to a brother (if you were a girl) or sister (if you were a boy)
On Sundays, when mothers were allowed to visit, no hugging goodbye
No leaving the school grounds unless as part of a formal outing

Discipline included gating (being kept in) or caning (being whacked with a cane). Even minor infractions met with discipline.


L. Diane Wolfe said...

No hugging? I bet those mothers were sad.

Melissa Ann Goodwin said...

They were ALL sad :(. Everything about it was sad.

Bob Sanchez said...

Oh, the good old days. I wouldn't go back to them for the world.
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Melissa Ann Goodwin said...

I know - they weren't so great!

Annalisa Crawford said...

No hugging? That's so sad. And the lack of contact with siblings too... I guess downbeaten children are easier to control.