Kate is interviewed at her home.
Kate, single mother We’ve all been through relationships, we’ve all been hurt and we’ve all hurt others – I know I’ve done that as well – it goes both ways. Um, but there’s a sense of having been so damaged, in a way, by the whole process of relationships and love that it’s very, very, very hard to take the risk again, to take the risk of being vulnerable to another human being.
Interview footage is intercut with footage of Kate and Liam playing at the beach.
Kate I always thought I would be a single mother and I can’t explain why but I never understood the implications of that. I had no idea the level of isolation that’s involved in that and, actually, how difficult it is. It’s very rewarding of course and, on another level, it’s really difficult so it’s a paradox, like everything in life. You know, like all little boys, he’s got lots of energy and he’s always wanting to do things physically and stuff …
Liam interrupts the interview when his building blocks collapse.
Liam Mum, it broke again and I don’t remember how it goes.
Kate It’s alright, sweetie. Just keeping building it.
Liam No! Mum, I was going to do a rooster when I stuck a bit on the floor.
Kate Do you want me to come and give you a hand?
Interview voice-over continues over Kate chopping wood for the fire.
Kate I suppose I was pretty arrogant and thought, ‘Look, you know, kids don’t really need their dads.’ My father was a fairly absent father as many dads were in the ‘50s and so, in a sense, I guess, I’ve learned through the very hard experience just how important that masculine presence is.
Kate and Liam visit Peter at the fire station. Voice-over of an interview with Kate is played over some of the footage.
Kate When I said my son loves fire engines, which he really, genuinely does – I mean, he’s always been into firemen and stuff – Peter immediately responded, ‘Well, you can come down and anytime,’ and I think, on his part, it was actually a very genuine offer.
Peter Do you want to get in the back?
Kate Are we going for a drive, are we?
Peter No, ooh, no, no.
Kate It wasn’t kind of sleazy, particularly, although the rest of the table went, ‘Ooh, hoo hoo,’ you know, and my immediate response was to go, ‘Ooh, no.’
Liam Are there lots of officers too?
Peter Officers, yeah – well, I’m one.
Kate For Liam’s sake it was good and, for my sake, it was good too because he just looked so gorgeous in the fireman’s outfit.