My little brothers and sister, Aliyah (3), Kai (5) and Floss (7) jumped up and down excitedly on my bed. I sleepily sat up, rubbing my eyes and smiling. Though inside I wasn't smiling. Because I'd just woken up to the day my best friend Ami died, a whole year later.
Mum and Dad understood. Kind of. They tried to cheer me up but it didn't work. Even when I found the new converses I wanted wrapped up for me, I couldn't smile. I was miserable all morning.
Nana Patsy and Grandpa George came over at about 11:30, and stayed and had Christmas dinner with us. We finsihed up with Christmas Pudding, then headed into the living room at 2:15pm and opened up our presents from Nana and Grandpa. Many board games, books for me, teletubbies teddies for Kai and Aliyah, girly sticker books for Floss. Simple but pleasing.
Chats, coffees, biscuits, nuts and Christmas TV up until 4:30pm, when our cousins popped round. The adults (Mum, Dad, Auntie Chris and Uncle Pete, Nana and Grandpa) headed into the kitchen and had a long chat and a cup of tea. My cousins (Betsy, Marley and Chaise) ripped open our presents for them and Kai, Floss and Aliyah ripped open Auntie's pressies for us. Then I settled them down to play Mums and Dads with Aliyah's new toy pram from Auntie Chris and Uncle Pete, Aliyah the Mum, Marley the Dad, Betsy and Chaise the naughty children, and Kai and Floss the cute babies. Then I joined in with adults, before soping off to my room.
I lay in the dark for a while, crying a little, remembering Ami, wanting her back. I was now stuck with Sad Jane and Loner Niamh, who were totally sad and nerdy. But they were the only people left. Nobody else would accept me into their gangs.
I eventually headed downstairs again, after about 30 minutes. It was now 6:00. Everyone started getting ready to go home. 15 minutes later, Auntie & Uncle were gone, Mum was clearing up, Dad was dropping off the grandparents and the kids were continuing the games of Mums and Dads.