With my Mum
I know I'm really lucky to have this kind of relationship with my mother. We've always been close but it hasn't always been this comfortable. I was a revolting teenager and quite horrible to her. There were some difficult times when my parents separated ( I was 25), later to divorce. Not to mention a nasty patch while we were in a family business together. My parents have both remarried and everyone gets along well enough for a big family Christmas and for birthday parties. Which is a good thing, but sometimes a bit complicated. One Christmas there were more ex-partners at the table than partners. Luckily it was a big table and everyone was on their best behaviour.
My Mum has a very profound belief in the value of family and in sticking together, even when you don't like each other very much. I think this comes from her parents, in particular her own mother, my Nan. Mum also has an amazing capacity to be present during difficult times. Maybe this comes from having been a nurse, but I think it is more innate than that. Mum was there when our son, Frank was born and died on the same day, and in the long months that followed. Three years later, when I was pregnant with Grace she came with me to many hospital appointments and was also with us during labour and Grace's birth. Even though she is not known by her first name, Grace, I think it pleased her greatly when I chose to name our daughter after her and after her grandmother before that. It greatly pleased me too.
September's self portrait challenge theme is "with someone". See many other people with their someones here.