“I don’t know Tom she never said.
No sooner had Shirley got the words out of her mouth when In she came wearing a ridiculous coat with a boa around her neck.
“Who the hell does she think she is; Gloria Swanson said Tom as she strolled in with her dyed blond perm and red lipstick and her eyes that looked more like bulls eye the Staffordshire bull terrier from Oliver Twist.
“Hello my darling how are you feeling; I’ve been along and seen little Jeffery he’s beautiful.’
Well here sit here Ruby as I haven’t seen my son today. I’ll be back soon love.’
Tom walked out of the ward then down the corridor to the baby unit.
“What’s the matter with him?’
“He’s still hung over from last night mother.’
Your father rolled in drunk as well last night carrying a parcel of fish and chips and he wouldn’t put them on a plate. I mean I ask you what breeding is that. My mother would never have allowed it.’
“It’s the best way to eat fish and chips mother.’
“What you wouldn’t stoop so low as to eat them out of news paper would you.’
“Mother you are turning into a right snob.’
“I was just brought up correctly; I wasn’t born in the slums of North Shields you know; I came from Darras Hall.’ My parents were from London originally.’
“So you’ve told me a million times mother.’
“Well your father was different he came from Tynemouth which is just up the road from North Shields which accounts for his lack of etiquette.’
Mother Darras Hall is only a few miles away too.’
“Yes, but at least we had class.’
“You married my father anyway so what does that tell you.’
“Well I was young and totally naïve.’
“Come on mother you were twenty six when you got married hardly a young girl.’
“I had my pick of men; Edward James Foolstrap asked me to marry him you know; I turned him down then there was Robert Bramston Howard; my mother wanted me to marry him but I spurned his advances as well.
“So you settled for a diamond in the rough mother and married my father.’
Not exactly, you see your father got me drunk one night after we met at a party he lied to me and told me that his parents were wealthy people. He was charming and very handsome in those days.’
My father still is.’
“If you say so dear.’
“Well he never really came up to expectations if you know what I mean.’
When you were born he stopped making love to me after I ridiculed him about his appendage.’
“We have decided to get a divorce Shirley. ‘
“When did this come about?’
“This morning after I told him he was a filthy drunken lout.’ I’m sorry Shirley but I cannot live a lie any more. “I do not love your father and I have told him that.’
“What will you do mother?’
“Well your father will have to move out of course.’
“Can you not wait until after the christening mother this has come as a complete shock to me?’
“I’m afraid not dear I have been to see Mr Robert Everett Black attorney at law. We will part amicably I’m sure.’