When Ailsa and I were challenging each other over the care of our baby sister Erin, Mum came to a delightful conclusion. Ailsa could be in charge of THIS baby, and I could have the NEXT Baby and so on. I was content and Ailsa was MORE content. Time passed, the next baby arrived, and at last I got my chance to care for her, and Sarah and I have retained this very precious bond to this day. By the time young Lily arrived, our Ailsa had passed on to teen-age years. Luckily for me she had more important things to occupy her than little babies, so I got to care for Lily as well! This secured our bond for life also, and many times I have quietly thanked Mum for giving me these very special relationships with my younger sisters.
Marie: And yet another story!
It seems to be a trait of the elderly to tell stories and often repeat the same stories. As our family has a major Reunion in February 2015 I will tell a family story each day and NOT repeat it for 100 days. I will use christian names from our earlier generations as pseudonyms.