Tell me about your mother

This Mother's Day, let's swop stories. Like the one my friend told me. One mother gave birth to her, then another raised her

Some days, in a single room, life is given and then it is gone. Early in the darkness of a summer morning, a few hours after my friend was born, her mother is dead. A childbirth complication, a haemorrhage and in the end, a question with no answer. Did her mother even hold her?

She doesn't know.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 05, 2019, with the headline 'Tell me about your mother'. Print Edition | Subscribe