A birthday cake
Nov26

A birthday cake

I’ve just stuck a candle in a cupcake and said a silent happy birthday for a girl who should turn 14 today. But Abi won’t eat any cake today, she won’t excitedly open up clothes and make-up, she won’t take selfies with her friends, she won’t have a birthday sleepover. Because Abi isn’t here any more. She is forever 12. Today will be a tough day for her family and I am thinking of them as I light...

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Forever 12
Jun30

Forever 12

When my eldest reached the milestone of his teenage years last week, it was a chance for me to reflect – on his life so far and on his life still to come – his journey through GCSEs, A Levels and girlfriends to adulthood. But it was also a chance for me to reflect on my friend Kelly, who blogs at Chasing Dragonflies, and her daughter Abi. Because Abi will be forever 12. Eighteen months ago, I’d never heard of Kelly or Abi....

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