100 Words #28

Entry number 28 in my 100 Words for 100 Days series of scenes. A very personal scene today, with me at age 7 learning that life is about to get very complicated.

“Matthew,” said the headmaster solemnly, “Your mother’s not very well and has been taken to hospital.”

I didn’t hear him. I felt sick and began to sob. Mr. Wright stopped talking and held my hand awkwardly.

“She’ll be OK,” he said, unconvinced.

I looked at him through sticky tears. “Is she going to die?”

“No Matthew, she’s not going to die. She’s just had… a bit of a funny turn.” he replied.

What’s a funny turn? I’d never heard the phrase before. But it wouldn’t be the last time I’d hear it. And it would always be said about mum.