I am very lucky in that although I lost my mum when I was 3 I had my dad, my granda, my granny (on both sides) and my great granny (she died when I was 17) as well.
We weren’t rich but I never went without. My granny loved board games and looked after us all and my granda and my dad gave me my love of books.
Both sets of grandparents are now gone but my dad has been with his current partner for a very long time and when my brother got married a few years ago, we both insisted that she have a place at the top table with my dad - in fact my mums family really got on well with her.
I’ll be going over there at Hallowe’en and I will stay with my dad and his partner - in fact she and I always arrange a shopping trip up in Belfast.
And this is all why i had a wonderful childhood.