HELLO MUM

No, nothing’s up. Just thought I’d ring and see how you are... Yeh, they’re fine... Scarlett’s on a school trip to White Post Farm, and Joe’s got his sports day on Friday... Yeh, Friday... Fancy coming?... Sure... Well, it starts about one. Come round about twelve for a cuppa?... Yeh, egg and spoon race, relay, and, something with beanbags, I think... Yeh, should be fun... Don’t know... Not seen the forecast... No, not today. Had flu all weekend so I thought I’d put a day in... Yeh, probably... Feeling better anyhow... Yeh, got the day off on Friday... Oh, she’s fine. How’s Dad?... Great stuff... And how you doing?... Good, good... Yeh, er, listen Mum, I’ve, there’s something I wanted to talk to you about... No, no, nothing’s wrong... It’s just, well, I, er, I had a letter last week from Mick Riley... Mum?... Mum don’t... Listen, it’s, Mum, it’s nothing to get upset about… It’s fine... Really... It’s just, look, I haven’t said anything because, well, I didn’t want to upset you... No, it was, well, I knew his name didn’t I, and I, well, I... Yeh, I did want to know... No, I’d looked in the phone book but he... No… Derbyshire Times... An advert... A complete fluke really... Just flipping through it a couple of weeks ago and there it was... Yeh. A building firm... Yeh, he was fine about it... A bit surprised, I guess... Mum, you don’t have to get upset. It makes no difference to... Yeh, I did. I had to find out... Yeh, I’ve got the letter here… Want me to read it out?... Mum?... Mum, that’s fine, I totally... No, I couldn’t go my whole life and not... Yeh... Next weekend, I think... Mum?...  Mum, it doesn’t make any difference to... No, I’m not going to rush into anything... Promise… And Mum?... Please listen. I’m not doing this because... No, no I’m not... Yeh, I promise... I just had to know. I’m not looking for another dad.