Changing nappies and changing the world
I probably follow too many mommy-groups on Facebook. I love scrolling down the pages to see the pictures mommies share of their cute kids, lovingly-involved husbands and their babies’ dirty nappies. I love seeing moms from all walks of life give advice and support to each other. Most of all I love sitting back and “getting out the popcorn” to follow mommies arguing and often obliterating each other over an opinion that another mom dared to share. Maybe sometimes we should focus less on freedom of speech and more on plain old-fashioned good manners?
My New Year's non-resolutions
I hate January. January is the month that often starts off with a headache and only gets worse from there. January is the month where there are massive post-Christmas sales in every shop but you are totally and completely broke after the temporary insanity that is December. January is the sad depressing month where the tinsel and glitter are replaced by back-to-school pencils. Ugh…
The problem with Christmas
My name is Susan and I love Christmas. And when I say I love Christmas, I mean I love Christmas. I am one of those people who plan the gifts and the meals and the special drinks and all the pre-Christmas parties with friends from early July. I love the lights and the over-eating and most of all I love watching Hugh Grant dancing down the stairs in Love Actually…
How not to answer awkward questions awkwardly
It came quite out of the blue.
“Mom. Can I ask you something?” my 7-year old princess wanted to know.
“Of course my darling” (a little bit pre-occupied with changing her baby-brother’s gross nappy and wondering what on earth the crèche gave him for lunch today.)
“A boy at school said sex today and then laughed and laughed. What does it mean?”
When phones become phoney
I still remember getting my first cellphone like it was yesterday. I was 16 years old and in grade 8. It was a magical time. I don’t even mean magical-as-in-I-was-so-happy-to-have-a-phone. I mean magical-as-in-imagine-being-able-to-receive-calls-wherever-you-go-surely-that-is-not-possible. Up until that point I had to stand in line at the boarding school phone-booth to receive one call per week from my almost-boyfriend and two calls per week from my mom. You had to plan your day perfectly so you would reach the front of the queue in time for your call but not too soon, otherwise the other girls get irritated and you lose your spot. It took real dedication…
This month we celebrate International Teacher’s day. Whilst researching this article, I was amused and delighted to find that most professions get an “international day” dedicated especially to them. Did you know that the 30th March was international doctor’s day? There are quite a few days celebrating engineers and there is even an international day for the plumber on the 11th March. And finally, one of my personal favourites, the 14th of April this year was be-kind-to-a-lawyer day! How nice…