The Ordinary Devoted Mother
HOW to say something new on a well-worn subject? My name has become linked with these words, and first perhaps I should explain this.
I was walking, in the summer of 1949, to have drinks with the B.B.C. producer, Miss Isa Benzie, who now has retired and whose name I like to remember, and she was telling me that I could give a series of nine talks on any subject that might please me. She was, of course, on the lookout for a catchphrase, but I did not know this. I told her that I had no interest whatever in trying to tell people what to do. To start with, I didn't know. But I would like to talk to mothers about the thing that they do well, and that they do well simply because each mother is devoted to the task in hand, namely the care of one infant, or perhaps twins. I said that ordinarily this just happens, and it is the exception when a____________________