Because you were a bastard child and we would not have been able to walk the streets without people pointing the finger at me and your grandmother. ‘
“So you both left me there is that right; your daughter’s child.’
“Look here girl I will not stand here and be interrogated by you.’ You are only a bairn yer sel.’
“Well I want you both to know that I feel no hate for either of you. In fact you have done me a favour. I have two wonderful people looking after me now.’
“I do not live in squalor but in a nice house. My only regret is that my mother is not around to see how I’ve turned out.’
“I pity you both for not having the courage to stand up against such a bigoted society.’
“You now have to live with the guilt.
“Guilt you say; I feel no guilt.’
“Then there is nothing left to say granddad.’
By the way my real father did not abandon me but sought to find me. He is now trying to make amends for the mistake that he made unlike you.’
Dawn turned away from both of her grand parents and walked down the passage and out of the front door. Brian ran to the door and shouted” He killed her; he killed our daughter.’
Dawn turned at the gate and said “No granddad, you killed her by scaring her so much that she couldn’t come to you and tell you the trouble she was in.’
Dawn closed the gate and walked down the road.’
Jim was waiting in the car as Dawn returned.’
“You saw them then?’
“Yes I did Jim and I wish to God that I hadn’t.’
“It was that bad was it; Jim put his arm around his daughter and kissed her on the forehead and she cried on his shoulder.’
“Look Dawn I know this has been a lot for you to take in; especially at such a young age but we will get through this I promise you.’
I cannot believe how my mother lived in that house.’
“I know my darling, but it never made your mother any less of a person.’
Never be ashamed of where your mother was brought up because for all that she gave her life to bring you into the world.’
Jim started the engine and drove her back to her house.
Look if you give me those rolls of film I will get them developed for you for next Saturday.’” I will see you next Saturday that’s if you want to?’
“Yes, of course I want to see you. Can I come around to your house and meet this girl who you were telling Irene about.’ Dawn passed him the five rolls of film before Jim spoke again.
“Yes, I can do that.’” I will ask her to cook you something nice.’
“I love spaghetti Bolognese.’
“So do I laughed Jim.’
She turned and kissed her father on the cheek and thanked him for another wonderful day before getting out.’
Again Jim turned the car slowly around the street then waved as he drove away.
She went to the door and turned the key and let herself in then told her mother and told father everything.’