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My eldest daughter is about to have a baby

By prospect   June 2002

The alarm went off at seven. The Christmas holidays were over and it was the first day of the new term. The children had been sleeping late for weeks. I anticipated complaints: “Oh Dad, five more minutes. I’m tired.” It couldn’t have been more different. One after another the four younger ones, at the touch of my finger on their shoulder, sat up, rubbed their eyes and swung their feet onto the floor. But the fifth and oldest I left sleeping. She was 20. She had no school. She was about to have a baby and today was the day.

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