Do you see a family resemblance? That’s me on the left and my second cousin, Toni, on the right. We used to go to the same school, Toni was born at the same time as my brother (our mums were in hospital together) but we lost touch and only recently, via Facebook and a lot of chivvying by my mother, did we realise we were both bloggers. Toni is Expat Mum, living in Chicago, author of Rules Britannia. We had both been commenting on each other’s posts over at Mad Manic Mamas, completely oblivious to our family connection. I wrote about how we discovered each other in a blog post “We are family”.
Whizz forward a couple of months and the photo above shows us eventually meeting up again. When Toni returned to England for a few weeks this summer, our two mums phoned each other and organised a bit of a do. They hadn’t seen each other for ages either, so it seemed the ideal opportunity for a family gathering. We travelled up to Newcastle for the weekend and thankfully the weather was warm.
It was a great day. Toni was there with her youngest son and eldest daughter. Unfortunately her 14 year old, the same age as Rory, was back in the States with his Dad. However Rory was a star, played with the little fella all afternoon, patiently making models with a box of Knex my mum still had in the cupboard. As for the grown-ups, well we didn’t stop talking all day. The Mums and Aunties blathered about the past and tucked into the trifle: we slightly younger ones drank plenty of fizz, demolished the pavlova and put the world to rights.
Since that weekend the family bonds have certainly strengthened. Our two mums are meeting up again soon, both agreeing that they wouldn’t leave it as long again. And now that I’ve met Expat Mum I can put rude comments on her blog – well, that’s what families do, isn’t it!
I chose this photo for the theme of “Celebration” on The Gallery this week. Pop over to Tara’s page and find more memorable moments.