Friday, February 24
She puts her arm around her daughter's shoulder
She walks into the tea-shop with her teenage daughter and spots a young man she knows, he has a fat face and frizzy overgrown hair. I imagine she knew him when he was a boy. He's drinking his tea alone and she offers to sit with him. He tells her he's 'got himself into a mess', that he's 'felt suicidal for the past three and a half years', that he feels like his 'head is going to explode'. His whinnying laugh is inappropriately loud. She coos sympathetically and suggests social workers. After she leaves the shop she puts her arm around her daughter's shoulder and whispers reassuringly into her ear.