#Opinion Of The Day

My mum was given away, then sent back

When I was a baby, my mother photographed everything I did. If Facebook and Instagram had existed back then, she would have been one of those parents who frustrates their friends by spamming their feeds with baby moments nobody else wants to see.

I was her firstborn. When she had to leave me to go back to work, she wept.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 12, 2019, with the headline 'My mum was given away, then sent back'. Subscribe