Stories of Survival: They changed the rules on him.
By Harriet, Editor-At-Large Australia
No 2: Ted
S____ happens. Get over the idea that it shouldn’t. Half a million people over the last five hundred years had to get together to make you, so you come from a long line of survivors. S___ has hit, and will hit, every family at some stage.
Ted grew up and got started in the workforce at the beginning of the long depression at the end of the 1800s. When he left school he was unable to get the job he wanted in the post office because his hand writing was not good enough. He spent hours each week practicing copper plate hand writing from that time on and for years after he got his first job in an office. From there he slowly moved up to become part of management.
They changed the rules on him: Social Inequity. After World War I, the war to end all wars, the homecoming to England was meant to start the era of a new and better world. My grandfather Ted had served his country well, becoming a warrant officer first class and went back to his old job at one of the confectionary companies. But in the aftermath of the War it was decided that management positions must be held for those who had served as officers during the war and that all of them should hold a university degree. This meant that the management position my grandfather had would be taken away from him and given to some inexperienced man who had had the rank in the Army as an officer and gentleman.
Ted’s wife, my grandmother Daisy (daughter of the John and Jessie in the previous post and my mother’s mother) was a formidable woman. She was really angry with this and decided that they should all emigrate and start again where their experience would be accepted. Within a week she had made bookings to New Zealand at ten pounds an adult for the sea trip to New Zealand. She obtained passports for all five of them, packed up the house, passed 93 year old great aunt Polly on to another member of the family and they were on board within days. Grandfather Ted became a manager in a food factory shortly after arrival, the first of several such positions he held in the colony.
Skills needed: What the work force demanded — Ted picked up hand writing in the evenings and weekends. Later his wife’s organizational skills meant they could organize themselves quickly and move when need be. They had accumulated enough cash to make the move possible because even at only ten pounds a head it still cost a lot to move a household.
Their lesson: Pick yourself up, dust yourself down, make the decision to take charge of your life and move on. As in the case of John and Beatrice, beans, bullets and band aids would have been irrelevant in these instances (though remember context is everything). Money, and or a university degree would have made a difference here. Ted wouldn’t have lost his job if he had had a degree. However you have to consider circumstances like this in YOUR context. Drug dealers, crime, gangs, local violence, local police corruption might well make a difference as to how issues such as this are dealt with. So what are your issues and how might you prepare?
To be Continued… Stories of Survival: Part 3—Francis and Elizabeth faced their TEOTWAWKI and SHTF
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