Today we have a submission from Gail Chambers. What a great story, and how lucky she must be to have family so close...
The most Inspirational Women in my life are my mother and my seven sisters.
I am the 7th child of 12, (there are 8 girls and 4 boys).
Daddy was in the Royal Navy (Fleet Air Arm), we moved from base to base as children never in the same place for more than 3 or 4 years at a stretch.
This wasnt as unsettling as it could have been because my best friends came along with me - my siblings.
With daddy away at sea for sometimes up to 2 years, mummy raised us practically single handedly.
We are extremely close, even now as adults, all married with our own families, I cannot go through the week without phoning one or the other......maybe even 2 or 3 times a day.
Yes my childhood home(s) were noisey and at times chaotic, maybe mummy didnt always have the time for each of us BUT none of us EVER felt left out, if mummy was busy I just went to one of my sisters with what ever was bothering me, safe in the knowledge, that if they couldnt handle the problem another would be called into the room and between us I felt we could achieve anything ! If we REALLY needed mummy, we would follow her into the kitchen and close the door....a closed door in our house meant we needed to knock. No doors were ever "closed".
Sharing a bedroom with 6 siblings at a time doesnt leave much room for secrets ha ha
Another plus is, the fun as a teenager, borrowing my older (working) sisters clothes / shoes !!