It was part of an anthology that was required reading in Canada, maybe 30 yrs ago.
A woman and her daughter live on a toxic planet. Story may have been told from daughter's POV. The mother is cold, strict. The (hi tech?) house is hermetically sealed.
A toxic rainstorm begins. The "cold" mother sees a little girl outside in the street, crying in the rain. No one will go out into the poison storm. All the neighbors stay safe inside, watching the child die. Except the "cold" mother. She runs outside to hold the child (knowing she herself will die) just so a little girl she's never met won't die alone in the rain. The daughter realizes her mother was full of love for her, but afraid to feel it or show it in such a dangerous world.