This month my Siblings post is brought to you from the road (which also explains why it’s a bit late getting loaded because we had very dodgy phone reception at the last campsite). I started writing this sat on the tent field of our favourite Black Forest campsite, H next to me with Pip fast asleep on his back after a mammoth day’s walking, and Kitty and Elma are paddling in the stream. It’s one of those picture postcard moments that made us so keen to come back to this crazy adventure sort of holiday again.
So this month is my adventurous Siblings post, though the story it tells isn’t just about pretty backdrops (though the Black Forest has proved very good for those!), it’s about these three little people learning to be a full time three again.
It’s funny, as soon as school finished, the girls in particular were so excited to be back together again, they were practically counting down the days. And yet when it came to it they found they’d forgotten how to be together all of the time and all of the days.
Kitty is used to spending her days with other four and five year olds who understand the games she wants to play, get their shared references, and don’t mind playing assembly all day long, and Elma has learnt to step out of her sister’s shadow and has her own relationship with Pip in which she’s the big sister. Learning how those two parts of themselves slot back together into our family as a whole has taken time and a fair few fights and grumpy moments.
Camping and travelling seems to have brought us peace; taking them away from the noise of real life, back to simplicity, and to each other. Something that their brother is very please to see as he always seems slightly bemused by their strops, and then all too keen to copy them.
They’ve looked for fish in the stream that runs through the village, and found them, black against the green moss, climbed up onto the bike trails to look down from among the trees, and sat in camp drawing and all trying to colour in the same picture on a quiet rainy morning.
At Mummelsee they found a flower sculpture and the promise that if you can find the flower along the shores of the see you’ll be rewarded with special powers, and decided that hugging it was the next best thing.
And finally, and then I’m going to post this before we drive through another tunnel, my favourite of all of the pictures I have of the three of them, from a very rainy day in Stuttgart. They all loved the water fountains (of which there are many), and even the pouring rain couldn’t tear them away from this one.
Two little sisters, and their brother too, in Germany, in August.
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