If we go back to my grandparents.... on my mother's side, my grandmother came from a noble family (my great grandfather was in the palace of the Tsar of Russia). They were very wealthy and pretty high up in the aristocracy.
It all went pear-shaped during a) the Russian Revolution and b) WWII when my grandma was taken to a camp for 5 years.
On my dad's side it's all working class French folk. My grandad worked for the electricity board.
So then, my parents. My dad grew up in a working class family in Paris, and later was a Police Detective in Paris (head of the Police dept actually).
My mother grew up in a poor area of Leeds (my grandparents came to the UK after the war - my grandad was a mechanic and my grandmother worked in a cafe in the Odeon cinema).
After moving around a bit, my mam applied for a job in Paris and worked in the OECD
There she met my dad, and they were both bringing in a lot of money. I was born in Paris just off the Champs Elysee.
We moved back to Leeds when I was 3 and we lived in the Golden Triangle
. My parents bought the house outright.
In fact : this was the house as it happens :
But then my dad moved out when I was 6 and my mother, being faced with raising me on her own, became a carer, and that was her job for the rest of her working life until she retired (caring for elderly ladies in her own home).
My dad, meanwhile, became a driving instructor, and later a security guard.
As for my schooling, I did Reception in a state school, Years 1-4 in a Private all girl's school, and years 5 onwards in a state school because I didn't like the private one (mam wanted me to continue in the private school but I didn't want to - she got me private tuition for a lot of subjects though as I was growing up - I had Spanish lessons, French lessons, Science lessons, Business studies lessons, piano lessons, Polish lessons, and other stuff such as calligraphy, shorthand, karate judo....she wanted me to be a brilliant academic and had hopes that I would become a doctor or an optician or something of that sort, but I think I disappointed her greatly to be honest!
We always had 1 holiday abroad a year when I was growing up. Always to somewhere within Europe - the canary islands for example, or malta etc.
My mam drove Volkswagen cars. She always bought them new and outright.
So, moving on :
I grew up, and bought my first house, which was in a less than desirable area of Leeds! A back to back 2 bed terraced house. Got married to a guy who was unemployed - later worked in supermarkets - later became an I.T. technician, and we had a kid.
Then when I was pregnant with my second kid, we swapped houses with my mam. She wanted to downsize and we needed more room.
So there I was back living in the house I had grown up in.
I've had jobs over the years such as working in a commercial estate agents, caring for a disabled lady, working a bakery etc.
My husband has mostly had jobs working in the I.T. industry.
At the end of 2008 we both decided to set up a business together. We took out a huge loan on the house and ran the business for a while, and were making a fair bit of money (over £1000 a week), but then the business folded in Sept 2009, and for a while we were in dire straights. We had to put the house on the market. Even my car got repossessed! My mother had to get us one.
At the same time, my husband's mobility decreased, so he couldn't look for another job.
We sold the house, paid off most of the loans, moved to Barnsley, and bought this house that we're in now. A 3 bed semi in the suburbs which cost us £105k and we own it outright. I drive a 2005 Honda Jazz. Neither of us are working as my husband has mobility problems and I am a) his carer, and b) a housewife as only my two eldest children are in school - my little one is only 2.
My kids go to state school.
I've written a book which I hope to submit to a publisher as soon as I have finished editing it. When my husband's mobility increases he is going to look for another job in the I.T. industry.
So....there you go....what am I? Right mish-mash of backgrounds. Currently unemployed but with my own house owned outright. Had both a state and private school upbringing....
Yeh...hell if I know.
Oh yeh, and my mother speaks "poshly", my dad doesn't at all.
I had elocution lessons when I was a child but now I just speak in a non-specific Leeds type of accent I guess. My husband is fairly Yorkshire in his accent, and my kids are starting to pick up a broad Yorkshire accent due to the area we live in now.