Description

In this extract Angela McFarland compares her recollections of her own childhood with that of her grandchildren. She remarks that her grandchildren have a very different childhood from herself. By comparison they have everything they want where she and her friends/siblings had nothing. However she points out that everybody was the same, nobody had anything and so 'you had to just put up with what you were getting'.

Item Type

Sound

Transcription

And what do you think are the main differences between your childhood from what you remember and perhaps your grandchildren’s childhood?

Ah, different, sure they have everything, you don’t have to go out and buy them anything, I mean, we had to wait till Christmas to get a toy and then if Christmas came you would maybe get a little doll that all … you were lucky if you got it … but there was no-one screaming ‘she got this and next door got that’, it’s all changed now, they all have the computers, they all have their laptops, we had nothing like that, you wouldn’t even know the first thing about them and then again as I said Deirdre nobody had em, nobody had them, you had to just put up with what you were getting and you couldn’t come in and say ‘ I don’t want that dinner’, if you didn’t eat it today you’d get it tomorrow one way or the other you were better off eating it.

Duration

14:55.1 - 15:48.7

About this item

Subject

Childhood, Relative deprivation

Provenance

11.30.2007

Date Added

05.07.2009

Citation

"Angela McFarland compares her recollections of her own childhood with that of her grandchildren.." Lifescapes: Mapping Dublin Lives, Item #120 (accessed September 22 2017, 2:00 am)