Veronica was brought up by her mother in a children’s nursery. Though Veronica knew that the woman who brought her up was only her mother in hindsight. When she was a child she did not know who her mother was as she was never told. The children’s nursery was actually an orphanage for illegitimate children. Her mother ran this nursery, however Veronica was herself an illegitimate child.
Veronica’s mother, wishing to seek approval from society, kept Veronica’s true identity a secret and mixed her in with the other children so that no-one would suspect her mother of having a child outside of wedlock. Therefore, her mother had to treat her the same as all the other children to avoid suspicion. Whilst her mother treated her the same as the other children Veronica’s grandmother and Aunty, even though she didn’t know that they were related to her at the time, treated her as if she was their child and adopted her. She had a very positive relationship with them and they made up for all the love that was lacking.
Veronica remembers that some of the other children in the nursery were adopted to all different parts of the world, some even moving to Canada. Veronica always thought that she was an orphan however when she was 21 her mother, or the organiser of the orphanage, revealed her true identity to Veronica. This came as a massive shock to Veronica. With hindsight she finds the situation odd as when she was younger she didn’t ask questions about who her mother was as at the time children were not encouraged to ask questions.