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Living on One's Own
Living on one's own

My road to independence and living alone started when I came back to London with my mother in 1996. I was able to master the daily chores as everything was so accessible and everybody around was eager to help.

‘Klaus has invited us for a weekend’, said mother one day, stirring the pasta sauce.

‘Why don't we go?’, dad asked.

‘Please, can I stay on my own?’, I pleaded.

‘You can't stay alone’, mother said promptly.

‘My friends, Helen and Keith are coming. I will ask them to stay on a little longer’, I said confidently. Helen and I had gotten to know each other in Oxford. She used to teach at the Polytechnic. After we were introduced, it did not take us ...

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