The paddle in the drawer

One Christmas Eve in the 1980s, we had been invited over for dinner at the home of Aunt Karen, my mum’s sister, who unusually for that time was in a same-sex relationship with her ‘friend’ (as we kids naively thought of her).

Karen and Mum both took after their own mother in terms of looks – fair, long hair, blue eyes and quite a short and slender build to both of them. Judy was a complete contrast – she was ‘cuddly’ to the point of obese, with strong, muscular arms and dark brown eyes that could be very playful but also had a certain steel to them.

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