Large families like ours are typically made up of individuals with completely different personalities, needs and strengths. There are times when the whole sprawling gang of us jostle for attention or for space to realise our own needs. When our family is outside, adventuring, we are at our best and most in tune with one another. At the end of a busy week with a travelling husband, I packed the kids, the wetsuits and plenty of snacks and we headed to the coast for a day of sun and sand.
And the entire day, four little people swam and played and surfed together. They made teepees and rafts from driftwood, together. They collected jellyfish together, washed up by the dozen along the shore, and herded them into ‘yards’. I took the opportunity to sit back and watch them, listening to their squeals and laughter and relishing in the harmony.