Little One calls me ‘mumma’. I love to hear her say that word, it took so long to come in those months when we were hanging on every syllable. Today has held real joy in the simple moments with my girls. Watching Little One splash around, full of delight, at the swimming pool. Seeing the water jets tickle her legs and tummy and watching her jump and twirl in the fountains. Watching her grow in confidence with each soaking.
I help Eldest with her underwater handstands. She asks me to twirl her around by her hands like a ballet dancer in the water, just like we used to do when she was small. I find myself marvelling at the graceful, tall young person she is becoming; I remember so clearly her clinging on to my shoulders in the pool as a little girl, now she is a confident mermaid.
Back at home, Little One loves to cook with me. She peels the leeks, cuts up the green beans with scissors and we peel carrots together. She’s so content in these moments. I need more of this in my gap year, more time to simply be ‘mumma’.