By Joanne Horniman
Struggling with postpartum melancholy, Emily visits her grandmother to take a holiday from her existence. As she tries to type via her melancholy and self-hatred—seeing herself as a valueless teenage lady who deserted her child—she is befriended by way of a stay-at-home dad and his son, Pete. Their friendships boost and Emily is ready to nurture herself again from her depressive country. Poignant and hopeful, this narrative is advised with an acute tenderness and divulges the truth of postpartum melancholy, the hardships of youngster being pregnant, and the way to come back to like after a sad selection.
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She wanted to ask him if he’d ever done anything he’d really regretted. But she couldn’t say the words out loud, and the moment passed. While Martin put on a stew to cook in the kitchen, she drifted to Pete’s room and lay down on his bed. She was pleased that Pete was at pre-school; she couldn’t have borne his scrutiny today. She closed her eyes and fell asleep. When she woke, Pete was crouched above her, staring intently into her face without blinking. ’ she said, pushing him away. ’ he said. ’ He ran out of the room.
I want everything for me too. i want you and Matt and me 4 ever and ever. Having you with me makes me greedy for life – more greedy even than i used to be. i want Everything. Nothing less than Everything will be enough. Not just for now, but for the whole of my life. 6 Her mother rang. Charlotte took the call. She signalled to Emily, but Emily shook her head and went outside to get away from the conversation. It was very early spring, and the earth was still cool. Blossoms had struck out bravely, only to be withered by blasts of cold.
She walked to the lookout and back, the way she had in her pre-Martin and Pete days. She 43 little wing TEXT PAGES 22/5/06 9:37 AM Page 44 found herself crying for no reason. And then she’d wipe away her tears and get on with doing whatever it was she did next. A few days later she sat in the park where once she and Martin and Pete had eaten the iceblocks. There was a pigeon huddled on the ground under a tree. Emily sat for a long time and watched it. Another pigeon, probably its mate, stood nearby.