Michael, Glasgow

He was sobbing. I stopped. It was minus five degrees. 

His ma had just died. She was a great wee woman who hated that her son was a junkie. It was minus five degrees. 

He sat crosslegged on the filthy thin sleeping bag on the pavement. Someone had paid for him to stay in a B&B for two nights but then the money ran out and he had to leave. He sobbed. It was minus five degrees. 

He could have a hostel bed in three nights’ time but now he was on the streets and scared to death. His ma had just died. It was minus five degrees.

She loved him but she just couldn’t cope. I held him tight as we hugged. He sobbed. It was minus five degrees.