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Kerri McLean

A catch-up with friends or a night in with the family? I know what I'd choose every time

Kerry McLean


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Kerry McLean family picture

Kerry McLean family picture

Kerry McLean family picture

As a child I used to dread going out anywhere with my mum, and I truly mean anywhere. I know that sounds mean but let me explain.

It wasn't that I didn't love spending time with her. I did then and still do today. She's a very vivacious soul, always smart and funny, never without an amusing tale to tell and permanently available as a listening ear to anyone in need of a shoulder to cry, or giggle on. All parts of her personality join together in some magical, magnetic way, attracting a multitude of strangers to her side, all of whom share their life stories within moments of meeting my mum. Some people are just like that, aren't they, catnip to those with whom they come into contact.

As a child, I used to dread her striking up a conversation as I knew I'd be stuck for hours by her side, bored as she uncovered every last detail of her new acquaintance's life, and as bad as it was with her in our hometown, it was ten times worse when we went to Belfast.