HESTER KIDSON, 38, a full-time mother, and CAMILLA SWAIN, 28, a media officer, have seen their relationship evolve into friendship
HESTER Mum always says that I was such a difficult child that she had to wait 10 years before she could face having her next one. I thought of my new sister, Camilla, as a little pet, and enjoyed showing her off to friends. In my teens the novelty wore off, though. Whenever Mum went out and I’d invite my boyfriend round, she’d use Camilla as my chaperone. It was frustrating to have a sixyear-old hanging around us, so I’d plonk her in front of the TV. My elder sister, Anna (39), and I went to boarding school, then university, so Camilla effectively grew up as an only child.
While Mum and I share a traditional motherdaughter bond, Camilla and she are more like friends and phone each other every night. Sometimes I feel envious and other times relieved not to have that. Camilla is still very much the baby. When I was 28, I was nearly married, but Camilla still gets a big fuss made of her by our parents.
We’re good friends now and I go out for cocktails and to trendy pop-up bars with her, which I wouldn’t do with friends my own age. Camilla is my touchstone on modern culture because as a mum of three young children, it’s