Dating grandmothers dating the cancer man

23 Feb

Her bedroom is my favourite: newspapers dating back to the War covering every present she’s ever got since the War. I spend hours unwrapping and wrapping endless tablecloths, napkins, perfume, bath salts, stories of things I can’t understand, words like conscientious objector. What does she want with anything modern, a shiny new pin? Chewing for ages over the front page, her toffees sticking to her false teeth. Till finally she gets to like the hot running water in her own bathroom, the wall-to-wall foam-backed carpet, the parcels locked in her air-raid shelter. The newsagents next door which sells hazelnut toffees and her Daily Record. She makes endless pots of vegetable soup, a bit bit of hoch floating inside like a fish. She still walks faster, rushing me down the High Street till we get to her cleaning house. Finally bored I start to pick some notes, oh can you wash a sailor’s shirt oh can you wash and clean till my gran comes running, duster in hand. The woman comes too; the posh one all smiles that make goosepimples run up my arms. From her window you see noisy kids playing hopscotch or home. 3 By the time I am seven we are almost the same height. I sit in a room with a grand piano, top open – a one-winged creature, whilst my gran polishes for hours. Lovely, she says, beautiful child, skin the colour of café au lait. A flock of women in coats and fussy hats flapping over me like missionaires, and that is that, until the next time God grabs me in Glasgow with Gran. In contrast, the presence of paternal grandmothers had a detrimental effect on the survival of their grandsons.The discovery supports the idea that grandmothers have played an important role in human evolution and could explain why human females – alone among the animal kingdom – live well beyond their reproductive age.This difference between paternal grandsons and granddaughters would explain a lot of the inconsistencies in previous studies, where the sex of the grandchild was not considered," Ms Fox said.

From her living-room you see ambulances, screaming their way to the Royal Infirmary.

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