For this weeks Flashback Friday over at Cafe Bebe I am sharing a photo from 1981. Mum and Dad divorced that year. I was eleven and I remember feeling so shocked. My parents never argued in front of us so the split came as a huge surprise.
That year life changed so much. Mum sold the house that she had self-built with Dad and bought a house half the size in another part of town. I was sad to leave our house but excited about our new house mainly because it backed on to a park...yippee! Every kids dream!
To cheer us up Mum took me and my then three brothers (I have five now) off on holiday to Jersey. We had a back pack each and a tent. When I look back it was so brave of Mum to venture off on her own with four kids and a tiny tent but I didn't realise how brave until I had kids of my own.
We had a fabulous two weeks and met loads of other kids from all over the world, in fact we called ourselves the 'Rose Farm' gang after the campsite we were on. The memories from this campsite are so ace that I even took Papa and my four kids to stay on the same site some 20 years later. My kids loved it just as much and it really brought home to me how difficult the holiday must have been for Mum on her own.
Later on in life when I mentioned the holiday to Mum she told me it was one of the loneliest times of her life. Well, she certainly did not show it and put on a strong face for us kids. The holiday did do me and my brothers the world of good during a stressful time, its just a shame Mum felt so sad and couldn't enjoy Beautiful Jersey too.
Pop over to Karin's and check out the other Flashbacks here.