We've seen a lot of my parents since we arrived back in the UK a few weeks ago and so this week's Listography from the lovely Kate Takes 5 - lessons you've learned from your parents - is very timely indeed.
1. How to be a fantastic Mother - if I ever manage to be half the Mother to DD that my Mother was to me, I'll be doing just fine thank you. From the smell of fresh bread baking in the oven to always having just the right new toy to amuse me when I was getting bored in the car, from knowing when to offer advice and when to back the hell away when I was a moody (ok, Mum, unbearable) teenager to verbally shaking me back to my senses when I lost it at the paediatrician's office after the Doctor told me (completely incorrectly as it happens) DD was malnourished. There's nothing this woman can't do. Seriously.
2. How to run a house - a bit 1950s this one, but it never fails to amaze me how one person can cook for 12 people without the kitchen looking like a bomb's gone off and with all the plates arriving at the same time and the food staying hot. Need to know how to remove baby poo from the carpet? Ask Mum. How to hem those curtains? Ask Mum. Need to get some carpet offcuts made into rugs? Mum know where. She's the Wikipedia of home making.
3. How to shop - John Lewis, Lakeland, Denby, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose - I still love to play in the playground, the rides are just more expensive now.
4. The importance of tea - no family situation can be tackled without tea. Arrived for a visit? Have a cup of tea. Lost your arm in the waste disposal? Have a cup of tea. Milk and one Canderel vanilla sugar please, thanks.
5. How to love unconditionally - I have never, ever, not even once, felt anything other than totally and utterly loved by my parents. Through the hard times and the good, the separation and the togetherness, I've been cocooned by the warmth of that emotional cushion. It's given me a soft landing more times than I can count. And now I can pass that cushion to DD (she is currently bouncing all over it).
What lessons have you learned from your parents? Pop your thoughts down and link up over at Kate Takes 5.
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