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    Smoking on buses.

    There are a number of different words that would be suitable for describing the Mother. Belligerent, argumentative, dyslexic, impatient. And gossipy, if that is a word. The Mother did not have a problem with any of these words being used…

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    San Miguel – continued

    A boy at the back of the class asks the Mother if her red hair is dyed. It is difficult to tell if he is being facetious. “Yes, it’s dyed,” she replies. “Now, open your books and…

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    San Miguel

    The Mother has had many jobs in her lifetime. Kennel maid, bingo caller, housing officer, courier, to name but a few. If she was being honest, she’d admit she wasn’t very good at any of them. When…

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    You can’t just have one – continued

    .  “Only children grow up lonely. They become selfish, rude and arrogant. Throughout their childhood, they have no one to argue with.” Huh, like that’s a bad thing.  “There’ll be no one to look up to him.…

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    You can just have one

    Several years had passed, and the Mother was finally on an even keel again. She had lost her baby weight, was working full-time, had some savings and even something vaguely resembling a social life. The baby sling…

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    4 In The Beginning

    It is Saturday night, and a woman is celebrating her birthday in a pub in south London. She is surrounded by friends, who, much like herself, have no real responsibilities or worries. Her only real burden in…

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    3 Becoming a mother

    Just as mothers differ in many ways, so can their journey to motherhood. Some women have a plan, and this plan involves marriage, the purchase of a home, a discussion about having children. Then comes conception if…

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    Mothers Part 2

    What do mothers do all day? Some people believe that choosing to start a family means saying goodbye to your social life. This is not true. Mothers go out all the time! Some mothers go out to…

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    Mothers

    All over the country, and indeed world, there are mothers. They come in all colours and in all shapes and sizes: some are tall and thin, some short and fat, some mothers are young, and some mothers…