mother always said it was her baby that
she had but it wasn't hers.
She took care of this baby for a few
weeks after his mother died.
She was 11 at the time.
She loved him, nursed him, cared for him
feeling like it was her baby (in fact it
was her brother)... until she started
getting into trouble at school.
Then the baby was given to her aunt and
uncle. She had no warning, was
sent to the shop, when they came, and
was absolutely devastated to return and
find she had lost "her" baby.
The aunt and uncle, wanting him to
forget his original family, kept him
away from them and she didn't see him
again for a long time.
As a young woman, I would beg my
mother to tell the story of the baby
that she had that wasn't hers.
I met him, finally, not long ago.
My mother managed to get in touch with
him and she actually died soon after he visited
- 3 years ago."
Norma, herself, has 5 children.