2 of the oldest were pulled out of high school years ago to work for their father.
In Poland, where a lack of "matura" almost certainly kills off any chances of ever getting employed - that says everything about the family. Especially nowadays, where the matura is handed out like sweets - no matura, no job. It says a lot about their economic situation if they were willing to pull the kids out of school just to earn a few extra zloty.
And you're actually trusting the opinion of these people? When do they actually visit the big city?
They are, by US standards, VERY, very poor, as the whole town is. It's hardly been touched by modernization since the end of the war. They live in a 165-yr-old wooden/brick house built by my great-great-great-grandparents. They own a HUGE chunk of land around their house, yet never use it.
Very typical for that part of the world. Badly educated, poor peasants who often complain about others but do nothing to improve their own situation.
My mom's brother has never even left the town. He's 43 years old now.
And yet he feels the need to comment on illegal immigrants?
When my grandma died in '02, I suppose her only son wanted to continue on the old-world 'tradition' of raising a big, harding-working family, like my grandma did (and as a widow). My mom and her 4 sisters all moved abroad.
No offence, but it's not hard to see why your mom and her sisters fled abroad. They would have rotted away in such a village.
What I admire greatly about them is that they practice very old-fashioned slavic traditions, and more importantly, give what this country seriously lacks, CHILDREN. :)
We don't actually need more badly educated children who don't leave their village. In fact, such people tend to be a burden on the State, as they use, use, use and take, take, take while contributing next to nothing economically.
Btw, NO native Pole would dare criticize one of their hard-working countrymen and their families!!!
I think it's safe to say that the vast majority of Poles I know would quite happily criticise such "pathological" families. And 100% of them would criticise the decision to take kids out of school just to earn a few extra zloty.
Strange how me and Harry were bang on the money though, eh?