I've never thought of myself as a mother so it's always a surprise and delight when a stepchild turns up with a Mother's Day gift.
The Boy is crisp and clean in a white white linen shirt and sharp black black trousers, his being in the house makes me notice that I appear to be living in a student slum. The useless remnants of my Great Screen Scheme litter the hallway and the dining table is spread all over it with the rusty screws and spanners that are my tool kit.
Usually I blame the Boy's father for the mess but I have been living mostly alone in the house this year, so it must be the house goblins.
The Boy and I sat outside with cups of Earl Grey tea and talked and talked so much that I forgot that I had put a pan of rice on. Finally we went back inside to look at the computer and fought our way through acrid smoke to a pan containing a neat black disc of charcoal.