When Lila’s citizenship homework demanded that she interviewed somebody about growing old, or about widowhood, she had to ask Mum for help.
“You could talk to Mrs Cotton across the landing. I’ll ask her.”
Mrs Cotton agreed, so a shy little girl knocked on her door the very next day.
The old lady was easy company, and Lila found herself chattering between questions. In the end, though, there was just the very hardest question left.
“What do you miss most about your husband?”
“I miss having someone to cuddle.”
“You could maybe cuddle me.”
The old lady opened her arms…