I’m so excited about this little legacy. The timing is perfect. As a year that started with huge loss draws to a close I have some lovely news. One day a few weeks back I found myself entertaining the idea of wanting a third child, an instinct completely against my thinking to date, I was and still am sure, my family is complete.
The day that thought popped in (and out) of my head I missed a call from my brother. I didn’t catch up with him for a few days. It’s not unusual, we have quite different routines, him working and child free in London, me at home with my work and kids in Nottingham. When we did catch up, we chatted for a bit about the normal stuff, and then he made me guess his news. Babies were already on my mind, so I quickly guessed he and his girlfriend were expecting.
I’m so happy. In fact I am over the moon for them. I can’t wait to be an auntie. Any phantom hankerings for a 3rd child dissolved, I like to think that was just sisterly ESP. They’ve had a scan now. So this week I saw the beautiful little creature that is going to be my little niece or nephew. So amazing.
When both my children were born, the first family resemblance I immediately saw as I held them for the first time was my brother. Many people have told me they experienced something similar. It was an utterly all consuming feeling at the time, a sense of childhood memories of your sibling as a baby, coupled with the sense of continuing your family line. That goes some way to explaining the powerful feelings I feel towards this new life.
Little Legacy is about celebrating life. The night before mum died my aunt told me the stories of my mum’s family, painted such memorable pictures of them that they came alive for me. A new life in the family feels like a new link to all those people who came before. The procession through life continues. I’m so excited.