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Why a small birthday get-together makes me grateful for our healthy, happy family

Kerry McClean


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Eve, Kerry McLean's daughter, aged 5

Eve, Kerry McLean's daughter, aged 5

Eve as a baby

Eve as a baby

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Eve, Kerry McLean's daughter, aged 5

It's been a week of birthdays in our family, with my daughter Eve and sister Seanagh both blowing out the candles on their cakes in the last few days.

My big sister turned 47, although I took a lot of evil, gleeful, sibling pleasure in slapping an announcement on social media, wishing her a very happy 55th birthday. Is there ever a time when a younger sister stops being annoying to an elder sibling? Seanagh, having had to put up with me for 45 years, would no doubt say "no". Looking at it objectively, I'd have to agree.

My youngest, my baby, turned five, though I'm not quite sure how it can actually be possible that five years have passed since she made her first appearance.


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