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Corrie Street July 6/14


hearse-windowIt was the side funerals for Tina that I liked best.

Steph missed the real funeral because she had second thoughts about her pink dress. Then she became distraught over what to wear instead and about losing her friend. For once, Katy had a moment of empathy and common sense. Let’s have our own commemoration of Tina, she said.

toast-to-TinaSo Steph, Katy and Luke told stories about Tina while drinking beer and listening to Tina’s favourite songs. Perfect, until Luke started casting lecherous looks at Katy. Ick, especially when she returned them. It’s not surprising coming from him. He’s been girlfriend hunting since he arrived on the street, and he didn’t really know Tina all that well aside from having put the makes on her. But Katy? Maybe not surprising either, despite her having known Tina better. Katy, despite the high horse she’s on about Anna ‘selling’ herself to Phelan, sets a far lower price on herself, I think. A compliment, a can of beer, and she’s all yours.

Roy-looks-at-dead-flowersBoth Roy and Mary were on the street to see the hearse off but neither went to the funeral. Looking across the street at the memorial bouquets in front of the building yard, both were saddened by how quickly they too had died. Roy quoted from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, and an idea formed in his mind while he and Mary played chess. He suggested a trip to the garden centre.

ready-to-release-balloonsSteph too thought of something. She went out to the store, leaving Luke and Katy to cozy up together. And she was back. The three of them wrote messages to Tina and tied them to helium balloons. Then from the balcony that Steph had not been on since Tina plunged off it, they sent the balloons aloft. Lovely.

Roy-and-Mary-finish-planterRoy and Mary finished up their garden box. Hoping the flowers would do what we ask of perennials: give new beauty each year and remind us of when and why we planted them. These two groups celebrated Tina’s life in their own, and fitting, ways.

So did others. Deirdre consoled Eccles. Liz, with Tony’s help, got everything ready at the Rovers for the reception. Michelle took Deirdre-with-Ecclessome me-time and went shopping.

Everyone at the funeral did pretty much as they pleased too. Rita was gracious, respectful and heartbroken. David was rude. Peter was drunk. Simon had a tantrum. And there was a fist fight at the cemetery. Fortunately, no one fell in the grave.

Corrie Street June 15/14

Truth and Consequences

Tuesday, all scenes of three stories. Opening with what looks like Tina dead nearly - she gets up againTina dead in the builder’s yard. No, she’s moving – and talking!

Seeing her plunge over the railing was shocking. Hearing her moans, I was relieved. Maybe she lives after all. Rob was actually going to call an ambulance. But then she started talking, telling him what she was going to tell the police, what would happen to him, and Tracy and Peter and Carla. Not the best time to savour the revenge you do not yet have! Maybe wait until you’re in the ambulance, with witnesses. But no, she won’t shut up. Finally Rob beaned her with an iron rod.

My husband muttered, “reminds me of Peter Sellers in The Party, when he’s a movie Peter Sellersextra who just won’t die.” We watched it online, then watched Tina’s protracted death scene again. Tina’s scene is not being played for laughs, but it’s pretty hard not to after you’ve watched the bugler who wouldn’t die.

Meanwhile, Peter is in the back room of the Rovers telling Carla about his affair. He decided to preempt Tina doing so. His explanation and Carla’s reaction were painful to Carla-confronts-Peter-over-affairwatch. Every trite and stupid line ever said in the history of cheating mankind, Peter said. The hangdog looks, the barely concealed defiance when she didn’t reward him for his ‘honesty’. He made my skin crawl. Carla was brilliant; heart-broken and angry. Not likely to forgive him but terrified of being alone and pregnant. Feeling justifiably betrayed but almost letting his little digs of recrimination get to her.

And at the end, with Tina discovered and the police there, the looks Peter and Carla gave each other. They each know they did not attack Tina, but each fears that maybe the other did.

Another confession is taking place across the road, with Anna and Owen. In her fuzzy-bunny bathrobe, Anna tells Owen about the deal she made with Phelan to get him and Anna-pleads-with-OwenGary out of their problem. He gives her a chance to take an easy way out when he says, “so Phelan forced himself on you.” But having come this far in this difficult truth, Anna doesn’t try to absolve herself. Even though she would be perfectly right to say yes, he forced himself, she does not. She says, first by implication and later words, that she did it willingly. And that Owen cannot handle, despite it obviously being a situation of coercion.

Tina, Carla and Anna: three women put in impossible situations by men in their lives. Rob with murder in his heart. Peter vilified. Owen devastated emotionally as well as financially.

Corrie Street June 8/14

Truths Told

Tuesday Steve said to Peter what we’ve all been saying. Friday, Rita did the same with Tina. Neither of the recipients paid a blind bit of notice. But at least the words were said.

you-need-to-stay-here truths told by steve to peterPeter having a pity party for himself behind the Rovers. Steve happened by so Peter told him all about the mess his life was. Steve told him that if he loved Carla as he said he did then he should stay with her, that if he cared at all about Simon and his unborn child then he should stay with Carla, that if he was ruining Carla’s life by staying with her then why wouldn’t he maybe ruin Tina’s life as well if he ran away with her. Peter whined on, so Steve asked the central question, “what do you want?” and Peter answered honestly, if unhelpfully, “I don’t know.” In essence, Steve told Peter to grow a pair, the words he used in their next counseling session on the Rovers’ patio.

On Friday, Tina was saying her goodbyes. At the Kabin, she told Rita she was in love and leaving with her new man. And he is married. And he was Peter Barlow.

Rita says he went through with the marriageI don’t know why she would think that Rita would just say ‘congratulations’ and wish them well. But evidently she didn’t expect the volley she got from Rita. Rita’s words were not diplomatic. He uses people. He’ll leave you for the next passing fancy just as easily as he’s leaving Carla. He has a son. He’s only been married five minutes. Tina’s rebuttal was that he had known the marriage was a mistake while he was doing it because they already loved each other. Didn’t make it any better in Rita’s books. He did pretty well out of the “mistake”. So he’s moving on backed by Carla’s resources? “Love for sale” was Rita’s opinion on Peter’s loyalty. That comment tipped Tina over the edge.

Tina matched, and surpassed, Rita’s angry words. Who is Mrs. Tanner-Sullivan-rita-slaps-tinaFairclough to sneer about anyone else buying or selling love and friendship, she spat. Rita slapped her. This is a relationship casualty that I would lay at the doorstep of Peter Barlow. As Tina said before the blow-up, she and Rita have been friends, mother-daughter, grandmother-granddaughter. But no more, not unless Tina has the chance and desire to do a huge amount of groveling.

Before the night was out, Tina saw the truth of Rita’s words, in the spirit if not the Tina-hears-baby-announcementspecifics of her charges against Peter. She heard the evidence of his lies from his own mouth. Rita wasn’t at the Rovers to say “I told you so” but Steve was. The look he gave Peter said “you’d better get yourself out of this somehow, mate.” He then gave Tina the same look. I just hope Steve gets left out of explanations. He might want to use one of those tickets to Portsmouth before Michelle finds out what he knew and when he knew it.

Corrie Street May 4/14

Tina’s War

say-that-again Tina's warPeter is slick with the ladies. He has proved he can juggle wives, lives and emotions. But when Tina girded herself for battle, Peter didn’t stand a chance. Tina has nothing to lose. She had already lost Peter, so one final surge would either leave her exactly in the same position or would win her the prize.

She started her preparations at Audrey’s salon. ‘Give me the works’ was her instruction, and I could hear the bell toll for Peter and his marriage. It was the first time that I can remember someone coming out of Audrey’s Peter-watches-Tina-in-Roversactually looking different than when she went in. Looking good, with armour of make-up and hair mousse in place, Tina sought her quarry.

Of course Peter was at the Rovers, and of course he noticed. He tried to keep his emotional distance – have a good time, shouldn’t let that go to waste. But he didn’t have the sense to keep his physical distance. He had to go out back for a smoke. How many times had he chased Tina out to that same patio when she was putting garbage out or getting cases of whatever? Had he been thinking strategically, he’d have gone out the peter-kisses-tinafront door to the sidewalk for his smoke – somewhere public, somewhere even Tina wouldn’t risk standing very close to him, kissing him, telling him she’d be home alone all night.

If Carla had been at the Rovers, she would have known something was up with Tina. If Tracy had seen Tina and witnessed her interaction with Peter and their mutual disappearance out back, she Tina says you can say stoplikely would have detected something amiss. But alas, no woman with her radar up was there and paying attention. Steve should have known. But, like Peter, he fails to see the nuances of female wiliness. Like Peter, he is just as likely to fall into the trap.

“You can say stop”

And so of course Peter went to Tina’s place. He did not need to, should have known that doing so was the stupidest thing he could possibly do. But I think he had the best intentions, to tell her he planned to stay with Carla and Carla only. Probably he had a bit of cockiness about it too: he knows how to tina-in-bedroom-doorwayhandle women. He can pick them up and he can let them go and do both with style and grace.

But for all his skills as a Lothario, he was a babe in the woods once inside her apartment. Not a snowball’s chance that he was coming out of there in time to make the movie and dinner with his wife and child. After he finally left, he did the only thing that seemed reasonable to him at peter-drinking-in-factorythe time: go to the factory, find a bottle and get wasted. But he should have stayed there all night. Going home to the wife and child in the state he was in showed just how rattled he is by all this.

Corrie Street Apr. 20/14

Two Petes

two-petesPeter Barlow in a pub, drinking himself legless, trying to forget his wife is pregnant and his girlfriend might be. Steve comes in to take him home. Peter introduces Pete, his buddy on the next barstool. “Two Petes,” he says, delighted with his own wit.

Steve is not so amused. Especially when they end up sharing a small bed in a small room above the bar so that Peter’s state peter-and-steve-in-bedcould be kept secret. Nor when Peter confesses all to Steve: an affair, with their mutual neighbour and Steve’s employee no less, a baby with Carla and maybe another with Tina.

Later at home Peter is trying to conceal his hangover, and we see just how crowded the world is when you’re two Petes rolled into one. While reassuring Carla that he is delighted about the baby and that of course he didn’t take a drink, his phone is constantly beeping. It’s Tina, but Peter again blames that poor schmuck from AA.

tina-comes-out-of-bathroomWhen Carla goes out the door, Tina barges in. To his horror, she takes the pregnancy test right there and then. He looks like he’s going to be sick. He fears Carla’s return any moment, is terrified Tina’s going to announce she is having his baby and, even worse, is planning to keep it.

It’s not you…

Sadly for her, the test is negative. Peter has to conceal his delight. Maybe his pounding head and been-there-and-done-itqueasy stomach helped him with that. He puts on his soulful face and tells her it’s not you, it’s me. He’s no good for her, she deserves someone better, she deserves children and rose petals and bluebirds of happiness, and it ain’t me babe, no, no, no. Yes yes, she says, I want you. And your babies. Oh, you don’t want babies? Ok, just you, that’s all I need. We’ll be happy together.

look-at-meEvery cliché of romance and breaking up was voiced and shown by facial and body gesture by both of them. It was superb. My husband speculated that the writers were asked to compile every dumping line they had ever heard in their lives. I added that they also wrote down every word they had ever said when trying desperately to keep someone. All these were strung together and the script was born.

peter-looks-at-door-as-tina-criesWhy Peter just didn’t tell Tina that Carla was pregnant, I don’t know. Maybe he thought it was more honourable to convince her that he was bad for her. Maybe he just thought it was easier at that moment and he’d worry about the next hurdle – the announcement of Carla’s pregnancy – later. Or maybe lying is so engrained in him that, tina-realizes-it-is-overeven when the truth could get him out of a bad spot, he doesn’t think of telling it.

Corrie Street Mar. 23/14

The Look of Love

Tina hangs up her coat in the Rovers’ back hall, listening to Carla extol the virtues of tina-hangs-up-coatPeter the romantic, Peter the sex god. A surprise overnight getaway to a posh hotel – what a guy! Who could ask for more? Well, Tina for one. The posh hotel was supposed to be hers. Peter wanted to make up for her always being second to Carla, so suggested a romantic night away. But Carla took the call from the hotel. Why would she assume the room hadn’t been booked for Peter and her?

tina-listens-to-carlaGet used to it, Tina, this is what it’s like. You will come second to the wife and the wife’s assumptions of hotel bookings and the wife’s cooking of dinner. Sneaked kisses and conspiratorial glances are good, and they need to be because that’s the best you’re going to get. The thrill of maybe getting caught, maybe a look being seen by the wrong person. The risk is a large part of the romance of an affair.

Lots of balls

This affair is being played awfully close to home; same street, shared local, shared carla-and-peter-in-roversfriends. There are a lot of balls to juggle, and Peter sure has them. He comes to the Rovers to explain to Tina what went wrong with their hotel plans, but Carla drops in. With Tina right there, he plays kissy-face with Carla as she tells Liz and anyone who cares to hear what a wonderful husband she has.

If Carla had looked at Tina, she might have wondered about her expression. Maybe not all share her joy in her perfect marriage. liz-look-of-disgustLiz’s thoughts about Peter’s acts of love and devotion were reflected perfectly on her face. Peter caught it, did Carla? She didn’t seem to, but sometimes one can see something without it fully registering at the time. Later, a lot of things can add up and make sense.

What’s adding up for Tina is that she can’t play the long game. It’s too close at hand, and your-romantic-prowess-too demeaning not only to have to wait on the availability of one person but of two. Carla does not know it, but Tina must make her plans according to Carla’s needs and whims. And, with everyone being so near each other, Tina gets to hear the before and after of marital life for Carla and her husband, Tina’s lover.

Gambling skills

For Peter, this threesome is a real test of his strategy, navigation and gambling skills. When bigamously married to Shelley and Lucy, his two households were in different peter-kisses-tina - the look of loveparts of town. In his seduction of Carla while married to Leanne and of Leanne while engaged to Carla, there was a fourth party in the game. That made it more complex but also gave him breathing room. Both women had to take their fiancés/husbands into account so weren’t always free to see him.

With Carla, after Frank’s demise, there wasn’t another man, but there was always the bottle, providing endless excuses for Peter to disappear without explanation. Now he’s called upon to give reasons, which his AA friends are unwittingly supplying, but he still is peter-looks-for-tinaanswerable and can’t just say ‘I was blotto.’ Now, it’s just him and Carla, married, and Tina, free agent and in love. Success depends solely on his skills. It’s a game of chance, and he likes those. He’s a bookie without a shop, a gambler without a racetrack.

Lloyd, I think, would choose Dusty’s version of The Look of Love, so here it is.

Corrie Street Jan. 19/14

Something Beautiful

you-will-have-me-to-answer-to something beautifulWhat was rather beautiful this week was Liz telling Peter what’s what in her pub.  She followed him to the men’s room to have a few words with him.  Those words were at first demure; it’s my responsibility as landlady to look after my employees etc.  Then she got more specific, and grabbed him around the throat and told him to stop messing about with Tina.  Oh, thank you Liz!

liz(A note about Liz – I think she is becoming a landlady in the mold of Bet Lynch with a bit of Annie Walker mixed in.  Her hair has memories of Bet’s piled locks but her dress of late is a bit more refined.  In all, it’s a good look; authoritative with a bit of glamour and excess, reminiscent of Corrie past.)

Whether Peter will listen to her is another matter.  It’s not likely Tina will listen either, to herself or Liz.  Both Peter and Tina seem set on a crash course for disaster.  It’s in keeping with his character, and normally wouldn’t be for Tina.  But she has had a horrible year so it is not too far a stretch to see her coming totally off the rails.  We have watched appalled as she zeroes in on Peter, knowing, as does she, that her “attraction” to him is an obsession destructive to her, him and Carla.  Ain’t no good going to come out of it.  But it hasn’t stopped her.

tina-and-peter“Something rather beautiful” was Peter’s answer to Tina’s question “what have we done?” as they lay together in bed.  What they had done was a quickie in Peter’s marital bed while Carla (his bride of what, a month?) was out.  The preceding scene – the one that showed us why Carla was out – magnified the ick factor of this.

Carla was visiting Hayley.  Sick, frightened and depressed, Hayley was in bed with the Carla-Hayley-talkcovers pulled over her head, absorbing her doctor’s prognosis of weeks to live.  She didn’t want to see anyone.  Carla barged in over Roy’s protests.  She got in bed with Hayley and, lying covered up side by side, they talked.  Hayley cried and Carla cried and consoled her.  It was the best thing she could have done.  She and Hayley comforting each other in their sadness was truly something beautiful.

peter-cleaning Carla came home emotionally drained and distraught about the apparently imminent loss of someone who has become a very important friend to her.  She found Peter busily cleaning the apartment.  What a wonderful man!  He’d even put a load of laundry in – the bed linen.

Corrie Street Dec. 15/13

Like Bambi

Discussing the week’s episodes, my husband said, “There’s a movie called Rancho Deluxe. a-bit-of-life - like BambiA guy is watching this woman in a clearing in the woods. She’s dancing and swaying, absolutely beautiful. The guy, all misty-eyed, says ‘she’s just like Bambi.’ That’s what Peter is like around Tina”. Yes, women are as lovely as Bambi to Peter just like, in his eyes, the grass is always greener over where Bambi gambols.

On Wednesday, Peter definitely had the isn’t-she-lovely look as he watched Tina playing football with Simon. It seems like only yesterday when he looked all misty-eyed peter-in-doorwayat Carla as she barked orders at her staff or downed a large glass of red. Despite him then being married to her friend Leanne, Carla had her sights set on him like the hunter who shot Bambi’s mother. I wrote about Carla’s penchant for wanting the unavailable man, the flat-out wrong man. I didn’t think at that time that she’d want Peter if he became available. But she has continued to, indeed told Michelle that she’s invested her all in him and their relationship.

Purpose-built wives?

Peter looks at women, my husband thinks, in the same way you might look at vehicles; different types for different purposes. Peter wants both the sportscar and the pick-up peter-and-tina-fight-for-balltruck. But trying to combine the two in one, the ‘sport utility’ vehicle, doesn’t give the full driving experience or range of either. Peter wants the career woman and the maternal type, but doesn’t seem satisfied to have it in one package. Perhaps it’s no accident that Peter entered into bigamous marriages. He may be best suited to polygyny, the word used for multiple wives when such a marital pattern is not illegal.

So Carla is the sexy, stylish businessperson that he also sees himself as. Leanne is the carla-and-simonloving (step)mother of his child, and he did revisit his attraction to her a while back before she married Nick. Now Tina is the free spirited and tenderhearted carer of his child. Simon likes her in a way he has never liked Carla. And Carla, even when she is being caring, cannot be as warm and spontaneous as Tina is.

It is possible that his interest in Tina is only due to the stress he feels about the bullying tina-goes-for-goalSimon has experienced at the hands of Grace and Faye. Peter’s mind is preoccupied with Simon’s wellbeing, as it should be. So wedding flowers and seating plans are way down his list of priorities. Carla quite correctly can argue that neither the wedding nor the factory will organize themselves; the deadlines are there and she is left to manage. Her calls on him for help make him think of other ways in which she has steamrollered over his life.

Irony or what?

He does acknowledge to Tina the irony of it – feeling resentful, even bullied, for being given peter-watches-tinahalf a factory, having a lovely wedding planned and a fabulous honeymoon paid for. Is his self-deprecation just for Tina’s sake? Does he have reason to resent being beholden to Carla, to being emasculated by her doings for him? Or is he incapable of a long-term, self-sustaining relationship with just one woman?

Is Carla equally incapable of that, but in sensing Peter’s backtracking, she needn’t deal with her own doubts? Is Hayley’s final creative project a wedding gown made for a jilted bride? Next week should give us the answer to that last question but not the others.

Corrie Street July 14/13

Creepy People

Brilliant scenes this week with Roy’s sleepwalking OCD, Emily’s creepy people Windass-Armstrongs in Roversconvalescence and Norris’ fears for his future and especially a Gift of the Magi moment with Tina and Izzy (he’s your baby; no, he’s yours).  But it was the Windass-Armstrong clan that did it for me again. Oh please, God of Corrie, make those creepy people stop!

My husband observed: “I think glad Windasses are worse than mad Windasses”. In the pub, while Tina was trying to work and maintain composure, they fawned over her. Or, in their attempt to owen-anna-roversizzy-gary-roversgive her some space, had happy family discussions about the baby – all within earshot of her. I cringed on Tina’s behalf.

What a horrible strain to try to keep it together while they are wittering tina-tommy-roverson, either directly to her or amongst themselves. I believe that she had no right to keep the baby or put them through the nightmare that she did. However, at that moment I wished she would say to them, ‘listen up – back away now or I take the baby back.’

I know she signed the papers and can’t do that – but. Can’t they see that the best way to thank her is to shut up about the whole thing around her? Maybe even give her some space that is free of them? Even jake-is-doing-really-wellIzzy, who has much more sensitivity toward people’s feelings than the others do, can’t shut up. If she isn’t looking doe-eyed at Tina, thanking and thanking and thanking, she’s telling Tina about the baby. Or apologizing for her father. All Owen did was attempt to right a wrong by offering her back the flat. Awkward, yes, but at least he didn’t mention the blessed baby while doing it!

On Friday, Gary and Izzy once again come into the Rovers while Tina is working. He have-a-drink-with-usapologizes to her and Tommy for the night before when he had been insistent they join the clan for drinks. He was drunk, he says. Not a crime in a bar, Tina says.  Being drunk may excuse his aggressive conviviality. But it can’t excuse all the other times he and the rest of them have been getting in Tina’s face.

It’s going to be very hard for Tina when they bring the baby home. Then she will not be able to avoid seeing him and them with him. time-we-all-moved-onSo can’t they give her a bit of a break now, while he’s still in hospital and let her go through her separation and grieving time without constant reminders? I avoid spoilers so I don’t know if Tina is staying or leaving. However, if I were her, I’d have my bags packed and be out of Weatherfield so fast that even racing Windasses wouldn’t be able to catch up with me.

Corrie Street July 7/13

Solomon Redux

King Solomon C14th-Psalter-St.-John's-Cambridge-joh.cam.ac.uk_library_special_collections_manuscripts_medieval_manuscripts_medman_A_K26_K26f10v.htmIn Peter and Leanne’s fight over Simon, I thought of the Judgment of Solomon in determining which of two claimants to a baby was the real mother.  On Friday the tale, with Izzy, went to the conclusion:  one woman deciding to give up the baby to keep him safe.  Had Izzy spoken in Solomon’s court instead of to Gary in the pub patio, I think she would be given the baby Jake/Joe.

I doubt that she will stick with what she said, that the baby should stay with the person with whom he was bonding.  Gary would not accept it and neither would Owen and Anna.  But she showed she is putting the baby first.  She, I think, is the only one doing so.

unspoiltThe turning point for her was Tina saying that the baby was responding to her voice and touch.  The solicitor’s letter, saying there would be a hearing in a few months, confirmed her feeling.   A legal battle could take a year or more.  Izzy realized that by then, if they won, they take the baby from the only person he knew as his mother.  Regardless of biology, she and Gary would be strangers to him.  In a moment of clarity, she sees that is unfair to the child.

baby photoEarlier, Tina moaned to Tommy that she felt pulled apart by what the baby wanted and what Gary and Izzy wanted.  Codswallop!  It’s the baby who is being pulled apart by what she wants.  He is in an incubator tended by shifts of nurses.   At this point, he soon will grow accustomed to new arms holding him.

Baby’s needs or Tina’s needs?

Tina’s concern for his needs is a smokescreen hiding her own.  Maybe that’s subconscious but it needs to will-be-our-faultbe brought to light quickly for the baby’s sake.  Maybe also subconsciously, she knows it’s wrong.  She called the baby “Jake” after fiercely telling everyone “his name is Joe”.  A slip in line delivery or a Freudian slip?

Tina is being enabled in her selfishness by Tommy and, surprisingly, Rita.  They know what she is doing is wrong.  They had the chance to say so when Tina asked point-blank what they thought.  Rita let-Tina-keep-himequivocated, saying she had feared this would happen from the beginning of the mad scheme but now she would support Tina wholeheartedly.  Tina then asked Tommy.  What could he say but “ditto”?  Interesting no one asked Dennis’ opinion.  I think he would have told Tina that she has to honour the deal she made no matter how difficult and that delay will only cause stress for the baby.

Rita later tells Tommy that he has to tell Tina that she should not keep the baby.  What a Gary-disbelievingdifficult spot for Tommy!  And he cannot successfully do it.  Rita stands the best chance of getting through to Tina.  Her relationship with Tina is of a different order than Tommy’s and there is a remote chance that her opinion might be listened to.  By kicking the ball to Tommy, Rita has let Tina and Tommy and the baby down badly.

So in this murky melodrama of maternal izzy-final-frameattachment that feels, unfortunately, all too real, Izzy is the only person truly thinking of the baby’s best interests.  The choice she is thinking of is probably not the best for anyone involved.  But it does come from an unselfish, pure love of the child.