Christ­mas 2014

Woman (UK) - - Eat Well, Feel Great -

In the lead-up to Christ­mas, I’d started to no­tice that Mum was act­ing dif­fer­ently. A cou­ple of days be­fore­hand, we went to the su­per­mar­ket for a big food shop. Usu­ally, Mum would be armed with a lengthy shop­ping list. She al­ways knew ex­actly how much of ev­ery­thing she needed. But this year, in­stead of charg­ing up and down the aisles, she trailed silently be­hind me. Then, on Christ­mas Day, when my hus­band Chris, then 39, and our chil­dren, Archie, eight, Martha, five, and Ma­bel, one, gath­ered around to play board games, Mum sat at the op­po­site side of the room. ‘I’m no good at any of that,’ she said. She looked so lost and alone. I didn’t re­alise it at the time, but Mum was try­ing to dis­tance her­self from the fam­ily for fear of mak­ing mis­takes. Look­ing back now, it was the last real Christ­mas we spent with her.

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