Being denied the love and tenderness of a mother lead us to want something we can never have.

This is her story:

Some people should never be allowed to have children. Carol is one of those people. One of my earliest memories is her visiting me at my grandmother's house during her lunch break at work when I was 3 or 4.

When it was time for her to leave, I would cry uncontrollably, begging her to stay and grabbing at her clothes as if I could stop her from leaving by sheer force of will. Inevitably, she'd go and I'd be left there with my heart broken until the next day when she'd come and start the process over again.

Eventually she stopped coming.

Eventually I got used to it.

In time, I came to accept that our relationship would never be as I wanted it to be.

She calls me a cold-hearted bitch (which is ironic, considering) and I very well may be - where she's concerned, at least - but if I am, it's an act of self-preservation; building a wall to keep the thing that hurt me the most out.

It works, or at least I thought it did. Two sentences in a romance novel:

"She hugged her tight, patted her hair and guided her to a kitchen chair. Within minutes her hands were wrapped around a mug of her mothers coffee."

Punched in the face by experiences I'll never have and opportunities I missed, suddenly I'm 4 years old again, laying on my grandmother's floor, desperate for affection and love from someone incapable of giving it.

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