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Mothers who beat the clock - Carmela Bousada

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, July 22, 2009 | 0 comments

Mothers who beat the clock - Carmela BousadaThe moment I met Maria del Carmen Bousada, I was entranced. She was tiny, attractive, with delicate skin and lively green eyes that sparkled at the sight of her twin boys doing their best to send the crockery flying. “Here they are, the two whirlwinds,” she said. “I do not know how much time I have left with them.”

When I arranged to film her I wasn’t sure what to expect — a querulous elderly woman, perhaps, overwhelmed by the nappies and noise of infancy? Wrong: on arriving in her flat just a month ago, I found an elegant little chatterbox in a silky blouse and capri pants. As we talked, she bathed her boys, changed them and joined enthusiastically in all the silly games that toddlers play.

It was plain that the twins adored her; it was equally plain that this woman of nearly 70 was incontestably their mother. “I wish they were 18 already,” she told me. “Then I could have seen them grow up.” As they hugged her, I was thinking: surely no one could see these boys and wish they hadn’t been born?

Last week Christian and Pau became orphans. Their mother, who caused a furore in Spain when she gave birth days before her 67th birthday, died on Sunday.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost our precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted there will be no more babies in our house.

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