“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.