Mary was born in 1903. A gentle, generous soul, she lived in her farmhouse by herself following the death of her husband after 65 years of marriage.
Mary watched the television news each evening, often being troubled by the images she saw. One day, bringing in tea in china cups from her kitchen, she talked about a report from Africa she had seen the previous evening.
“Every country is entitled to its freedom”, she said, “but I don’t think anyone starved in the days of the Empire”.
I recoiled at …