Money makes the world go round, they say, and those of us who’ve had to do without enough of it know how true that can seem. Maybe it is not too hard to imagine why some people (men as well as women of course) might forego love for security:
I saw my Mum work overtime for a month to buy me and my sister shoes and P.E. kit for school. I saw her crying when I lost my swimming costume, because she couldn’t afford to get me a new one. I decided, then and there, albeit maybe not consciously, that I was never going to be in that position if I could help it. I’m good looking and I’ve made the best of myself. I’m not stupid, and I know I’m going to have to put up with living with a man I don’t have much in the way of feelings for. But we get on well, and he’ll look after me. My kids won’t want for anything, and I’ll never be as exhausted as Mum was. This is how the world has always worked.
Photo and text © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017