My sister, who spends half the year in her beautiful home in the West Indies, is coming down to this area for a visit. Although we siblings were all born in Bath, my brother, my eldest son and I have all gravitated to the south east coast and live within a few miles of each other. My eldest sister lives across the country in Devon. Given that my younger sister is not a doggie person, she shall not be staying with us but has elected to reside at my brother’s house for her visit. My brother’s fiancée is always amused when more than two of us siblings get together, because of the change in dynamics between the various personalities. A normally dominant person becomes quiet, or a charmer becomes terse. You can usually bank on a fierce squabble erupting and if all four of us get together, this can boil over into a fight, despite all our best intentions to the contrary. Dinner and a round of cards can guarantee a peaceful start to any get together but heaven forefend if the entertainment is left to just conversation or even worse, debate. When I am at home, I refuse point blank to discuss religion or politics, as these have proven to be the worst triggers. Even an innocent game of charades can become heated. Are most families like this or is mine more dysfunctional than most? I am looking forward to the visit but wish me luck!