Today, for the first time in 10 years, I am going away for a girls weekend with my sisters. This is a momentous occasion as far as I'm concerned. For the past 10 years I've been busy "Being Mum" a really important job as anyone would concede, but I've also let my relationship with my "girls", my sisters fall into a little bit of neglect.
This weekend it is time to re-establish this bond. A bond that we formed during our wonderful, safe and secure childhood.
We grew up in a family wrapped in love. Our parents adored each other and displayed it continually (usually to our eternal embarrassment) they rarely argued and always backed each other up. They were rock solid, unmovable, reliable in their love for us and in the rules and discipline that our home was founded on. We always knew where we stood, that we were loved for being ourselves and boy, oh boy did we know when we were in trouble. Me, being the eldest, always seemed to be knee deep in it.
Although Mum & Dad were strict we seemed to have an inordinate amount of freedom. We played endlessly and we always played together. We would be outdoors from dawn to dusk and would reluctantly come inside when Mum would call us for dinner. Our adventures are wound up in the fabric of who we are, what we've become.
One of the most important things my parents always enforced was a strong sense of Family. We were amazingly close. We were taught to be best friends. We were taught to accept one another, despite all our idiosyncrasies, despite our differences.
And it's incredible how different three sisters can be; I was always independent, bossy, the leader and forever in trouble. Miss Middle was stable, reliable, quiet, endearing. Miss Little was cheeky, naughty, funny and full of character.
I am so grateful for our childhood. I will always be thankful that my parents forged our relationships with one another so strongly. Because I grew up with two best friends who were always there for me and still are to this day. This weekend we will be together once more, the three of us, I'm looking forward to reflection, reconnection and that warm sense of belonging.