Isolation from Family

Roger Crosskey: Mother’s Day

Roger was born in 1949 in Birmingham. He attended a private mainstream residential school near Nottingham and then a mainstream residential grammar school in Kent, continuing on to university.

Here Roger describes the impact of the absence of his mother as a child.

http://howwasschool.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/mothers-day.mp3

Transcript

I can remember at the end of term when it was sort of three months since I’d been home, actually wondering whether I would recognise my mother when she was coming to collect me. And I missed out I think on a lot of things that children at home would do. I mean things like it’s Mother’s Day coming, and I never really did Mother’s Day when I was a child because it always happened during school time. But my sister and my brothers do Mother’s Day and I think that’s probably rather disappointing for my mother that I don’t, but I never really – I never grew up with that idea.