|Scotland, seaside Europe (worldatlas.com)|
He speaks of a white house overlooking the sea and the beach. There he would play with his brothers and sisters. He speaks of airplanes that used to land on the beach and about his black and white dog.
Barra lies far off the western coast of Scotland, 220 miles from Glasgow. It can only be reached by a lengthy sea journey or an hour-long flight. It is a distant outpost of the British Isles and home to just over 1,000 people.
Cameron is now 5, and his story has never wavered, only increased in detail. He speaks incessantly of his family in Barra, Shane Robertson, who died when he was knocked down by a car.
He has become so preoccupied with Barra and missing his mother there so badly that he is now suffering from genuine distress.
|And the gods? (conversantlife.com)|
Norma's next step is to visit Karen Majors, an educational psychologist whose specialty is children and their "fantasy lives." She considers Cameron's accounts to be very different from normal "imaginary" friends so commonly spoken of in childhood.
It has become clear to Norma that there are no easy answers to the questions brought up by Cameron's memories. Cameron has persistently asked to be taken to Barra. His mother has finally decided to make that journey.
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