St. Joan de Vilatorrada seen from our grandparents' eyes
50 years ago, people and children didn't live as well as we do today. People started to work at an early age and were paid very little. Children played with a ball in the street in their free time. They had no idea what computers were. People who had a TV had only two channels and was in black and white.
My grandmother was born in Málaga and she came to St. Joan when she was four. She lived with her seven brothers and sisters and her parents. When she was 11 she started to work at a textile factory. Everyday, she went to Pirelli for collecting water. After that, she went to the factory and washed her clothes in the river.
There weren't any roads only dusty tranks. There weren't many houses. There were a lot of vineyards. There were three factories: Gallifa, Borràs and Borés. My grandmother worked in Borés. She didn't have much leisure time. She was nearly always working. On Sundays, she went to the cinema in Manresa, walking from St. Joan because she couldn't afford to take the bus. She also went dancing in 'La Verbena'. In spring and Easter, she went to Juncadella and Suanya. There wasn't much time for family, but they were happy. Dating was very simple, without Whatsapp, texting or phonecalls. Boys usually knocked on the girls' doors and then they went to the cinema or park.
When our grandparents were our age, there was a dictatorship and people did not have much freedom. Schools were very different, students didn't have so many books and they didn't study English! Adults and children met in the street and not at home.
At that time, the currency was the 'pesseta' and 'real'.