‘We’re more like sis­ters!’

Woman & Home - - Woman&home -

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

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