he was tied to his mum's apron strings, that's what the church ladies said. but in reality, he just loved her. he knew she was lonely and wanted to make her last years on earth pleasant ones. after all, she had looked after him all those years, during the war when there were so few things, so little to eat and so much distress. so he made her happy now, took her places, and to dinner. he sat and chatted over old times and remembered with her.