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Let’s Pretend

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‘My mam spat out her tea when I told her.’ ‘Why?’

‘She said that sort of thing was private and Mrs Mason shouldn’t have talked about it. But my Auntie Vera said it’s better to know what’s what.’

‘Your Auntie Vera is nice.’

‘I know. She said it was better than believing silly things about storks bringing them, or growing them under gooseberry bushes – like Julie thought!’

‘I didn’t! Not really.’

‘You did. And Pearl thought…what did Pearl say, Marie?’

‘She said babies were a gift from God and that you find them in the cellar.’

‘That was it.’

‘Well that’s not that silly. My mum says babies are a gift too.’

‘Ha! Roger Hope’s sister doesn’t think so. I heard her crying and telling our Gary she didn’t want to have one.’

‘I’m not surprised – who wants to get as fat as Mrs Mason? Shall we play house?’

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