- Oct 7, 2011
I'm sorry to hear that Emily and it is incredible what people thought was acceptable in the past. It sounds to me that your parents simply shouldn't have ever had children. The McCanns did something that the great majority of parents wouldn't dream of doing in their own homes not to mind in a strange place. In the light of this new information I am again reminded of the contemptible Portuguese officer who accused the parents in his book which I'm sure did the sales of it no harm. It might be irrational but it colours my impression of the whole Portuguese police effort. The McCanns did wrong -but they have had a life sentence.My aunt who had to work in the family business locked up her young children. Until there was a fire and they nearly died. (Electric blanket if memory serves me right) Her husband, who in that era, didn’t consider it his ‘job’ to mind the children when she was out at night working wasn’t a bit concerned. . My parents often left me in charge, including being locked up. They hired someone on occasion, but we were frequently left alone. Even after my sibling died, we had been locked into our bedroom and left alone, this didn’t change, they went off for three months once for a job my father got on a ship, there was a housekeeper in the day time while us older ones were gone to school, and when the hired man dropped us back after school we were left to our own devices until a baby sitter came at night to sleep over. Our youngest, a baby didn’t recognise my mother when she got back, they stopped in town fir hours on the way back to celebrate with the locals before bothering to see us. The nuns thought they were great as my mother brought exotic presents to them. Of particular value was some classy records she purchased.