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From next week I am the mother of a teenager! Eek – How fast did that come around? In fact, from next week I am the mother of a teenager for the next 15 years! Here could be where spreading those children out age wise becomes interesting (Believe me, life in this house is already interesting!)
I’m sure I will be turning to the 2 Grandmothers for advice and reassuring at various points during the next 15 years – after all, between them they have raised 7 children, with 6 grandchildren having gone through or already in the teenage zone.
My mum always laughs that I will check with her if she thinks something is still safe to eat – You know, when its been in the fridge a little too long or has it been in the oven long enough? Force of habit cannot get me out of this … not even my Advance Food Hygiene Certificate, 3 children of my own and my own food business! (The picture above is of my Mum and her 6 grandchildren recently taken at Pretty Green Photography – Blog Post about our photo shoot coming soon)
Mr C’s mum is very quiet with her advice but its always there. She has the best sayings imaginable which appear when we most need them. Such as:
* You can run but you can’t run from yourself (On someone who blames everyone else for their life being a bit rubbish)
* They look at you like ‘I’m it, your **it’ (This saying doesn’t really reflect how gentle and warm my MIL is …but it is a perfect way of describing some folk!)
and my favourite when I was expecting Violet and not all that hungry …
*An empty bag won’t stand up – Brilliant!
Over on the Casa Costello Facebook page, I asked for your mum’s favourite sayings. Here’s what you came up with …
Sonia – You canne have your pudding if you dinne eat your meat.
Paul – When she’d forgotten what she was about to say:
“Must’ve been a lie!”
Jayne – When you fell over, Mum used to wipe it with a cloth and say “that will be a pigs foot in the morning”. I never really understood it but still checked the next day
Sue – You won’t feel the benefit when you go outside, I.e take your coat off. (I bet ALL mums have said this!)
Sarah – My mum warning me about boys..” it doesnt matter how nice they are or how shy they are, they all know it’s not for stirring their tea with”
Jane – Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves
Barbara – ‘Go to foot of our stairs’. used when surprised amazed etc …
Karen – Something that my grandma says in difficult times is ‘they won’t always be dark days’
Paul – The other one my Grandma said that used to make us giggle was “Better an old man’s darling than a young man’s slave.”
Sarah – “Keep your pecker up” was my mums catch phase and answer to everything! Even thought of having it on her grave stone.
Pippa – A friend to all is a friend to none.
And my favourite is from Jackie – My mams favourite is you’ll be twice married before you’re dead. She’d use this when we hurt ourselves.
Thanks for joining in everyone – A little gift will be making its way to you soon, Jackie.
As part of Littlewoods #MumsKnowBest campaign they have produced a series of videos about Mums. In honour of the Costello family approaching the teenage years, I thought the short film (34 seconds) below was appropriate: (PS So far Miss M is a dream and showing no signs of teenage rebellion – She may however kill me when she reads this post!)
Just before I finish, don’t forget to leave me your pearls of wisdom on how to cope with teenagers – If gin is your answer, that’s completely fine!