Guest contributor Amelia Hambrook is a children’s commercial photographer and filmmaker from the UK, now based in the US. You can view more of Amelia’s work and beautiful images of her daughter India and little Hugo on her blog.
Even before she was born I knew that little person was mine. My mother had told me often about what it would be like to have ‘our baby’. I was going to be her ‘little mother’. When I was a week off five years, I recall the birth of my younger sister. I remember gazing wide-eyed at her tiny face in her crib. Little button nose, tiny fingers on clenched fists, wispy tufts of dark hair on her pink head. This was my baby.
From that day I always protected her, looked out for her and designed different ways to please her. My mother dressed us in matching sweet cotton dresses that she made with a careful hand. Though there was an age gap we always found games we enjoyed together, I don’t recall ever arguing with her and never felt her presence a threat or burden in any way. That bond was never severed and continues still, despite the miles between us.
The sibling bond is a bond unlike any other. Closely connected regardless of difference, you could almost describe it as uncanny. The way we can finish one another’s thoughts, the fact that we don’t even need to talk at all and can send the other into fits of uncontrollable giggles with one look and stop others in their tracks with another. Our childhood memories are simple, innocent and beautiful. Filled with freedom to explore the world as we saw it.
I see my own daughter, India – a little mother. Gently caring for ‘her baby’, already a gaze between them that excludes the rest.
I know that regardless of whether they play or fight, laugh or cry, they are all emotions shared. Experiences linked like my own, though I’ll be honest and say I’m no seamstress like my own dear mother, (who is anymore?) As they grow in the same soil, dressed matching in the clothes I chose, as soft as moss – little saplings… different but with their roots entwined. Grateful for sweet companies like Devon’s Drawer hand-crafting timeless and comfortable clothing. Free to explore like we did. These moments captured between them will be treasured for generations.
I know they share this same bond, this special psychic connection and that one day, they will look from one to the other, without a word they say “oh mother!”
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