My sister-in-law Sheila has just sent us some photo's, taken when we were back in the UK earlier this month. Joe and I have been married for nearly 25 years and I can count the number of times we have got together with members of his family on both hands.
I want to introduce Sammie and Adam, Sheila and her husband Steve's two children (on the right and left of the photo) and Georgia (in the centre), the daughter of Joe's younger brother Mike's new wife, Mandy. Joe and I were just about to leave when Sheila took the photo and it's a great off-the-cuff snapshot.
The kids are all within a year or two of each other and it means that they all get on really well, which is nice to see. Georgia has slotted in, so to speak.
The children have just broken up from school for the summer and for Sammie this was a bit of a traumatic experience. It dawned on her last Friday that it was the last time she would be going to her Primary School with all her familiar friends, teachers and surroundings. In September she starts at Secondary School and her world will never be the same again. We have all been through it, the change in our nice cosy lives and the thought of what is to come that is completely unknown. She does not know it yet but she is about to embark on a period in her life that will be exciting, offer her new challenges and which she will probably look back on affectionately for the rest of her life.
In the meantime, she, Adam and Georgia are going to enjoy the summer and all its fun, resolutely ignoring school, its rules and regimentation for a few weeks. Ohh, to be young again!