‘We’re more like sisters!’
dulcia rose, 65, is a complementary therapist and model from north London. She has two daughters, Laura, 43, Louise, 40, and a son Josh, 35, from a former marriage. Laura Lawson, 43, runs School of comedy, teaching children to explore comedy. She lives in Hampshire with her husband Gareth and two children. i’m a busy, independent woman but being a mother means everything to me. i wanted to be a young mum as my parents were older when they had me and, although they were loving, they weren’t very spontaneous. i was 22 when i had laura, and really wanted to be a fun, energetic parent. i worked especially hard to keep that going when my marriage broke down and i found myself on my own with a two, six and nine-year-old. every sunday morning, without fail, we had a picnic on a blanket on the floor of my bedroom. we’d chat while eating bagels and play make-believe games. if any of us had a problem i’d gather all of us together to listen and try to work things out.
my kids are very different. Josh is wonderfully outgoing, louise is dedicated and focused and laura is an inspiration and incredibly vivacious. i’m proud to say they’re all warm-hearted. as a child, laura was mummy’s helper and very supportive when her father and i split up. she has a talent for making anyone in her space feel instantly at ease. she left me in no doubt of her dramatic abilities from a very early age and would put on shows featuring all the local children. we shared a connection over theatre – i originally trained as a speech and drama teacher, and laura attended arts educational school. i was only 21 when i fell pregnant, so now the age gap between us feels like nothing. we often go out together and i love spending time with her.
dulcia, right, loves spending time with Laura