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The Day Before Yesterday: 110 - Passing The Test

...The Matron had a habit of just breezing into the house iike a ship in full sail, as she was rather plump and would send me to bed even when I was getting up, telling Rod I had to stay there for two hours as she tucked both my babies alongside of me...

Gladys Schofield found that sleep was something to savouras she looked after two baby daughters born within 17 months of each other.

It was the first day of November again, Susan's seventh birthday. She was thrilled to get a new baby sister for her birthday, so different to the jealous little girl when Linda arrived seventeen months earlier. Now it was Linda's turn to stare at the intruder in Mum's arms. I could see my one year old would need a lot of my affection in the coming months.

I got a lot of visits from the nursing staff throughout the time I was made to stay in bed. Cliff could only take another week off so when I was able to get up a little, Rodney was kept at home to do little duties about the house. The poor little lad didn't like to see his mum like this and though he was very quiet about it, his face told it all.

The Matron had a habit of just breezing into the house iike a ship in full sail, as she was rather plump and would send me to bed even when I was getting up, telling Rod I had to stay there for two hours as she tucked both my babies alongside of me.

Pauline didn't seem to be thriving on my milk, as Linda did. After ten days they found I was suffering from anaemia so my tiny daughter started bottle feeds.

Sleep was always something you tend to savour as it comes in short supply when you have two babies close together.

The Transport Office picked the most awkward time for Cliff to take his driving test again, Pauline was seven days old.

With the lack of sleep, we were more like zombies than people, doing things automatically instead of really concentrating and he didn't care at all as he set off for his test. Cliff said he went through the motions as before, knowing full well what had failed him the first time, keeping one wary eye on the man beside him. Before he knew when the man wanted him to stop, he brought his hand up and then brought it down sharp as he said "Stop". That's why one eye was fixed on this hand, sure enough the hand began to rise and before he could finish the word stop, Cliff brought the car to a sudden halt. It's a good job seat belts were worn in the late fifties as the instructor jerked forward in his seat.

Cliff started the car again, as the instructor asked him to take him back to the Office, with Cliff apologising for stopping so suddenly but it turned out he had done the right thing and that he himself should have been ready for such an instant stop. Cliff passed his test.

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