HESTER KIDSON, 38, a full-time mother, and CAMILLA SWAIN, 28, a me­dia of­fi­cer, have seen their re­la­tion­ship evolve into friend­ship

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - BODY & SOUL -

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

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