Tuesday 9 December 2008


This weekend we had FOUR little ones for a sleepover. They are great fun, but I had to put an end to fun when I heard

"Let's drag the matress onto the floor".

I peeked through the door there were two of the little darlings on the top bunk trying to haul the matress on the two rascals on the floor. A step too far!

"What are you doing?"


"Well stop doing nothing".

All this at the top of my voice. OG wandered in to investigate and told me off.

"They're only playing"

"Playing! They are a tribe of vandels!

"OK, calm down, you just go and have a cup of coffee, I'll sort them out".

Are these the two most irritating phrases in the English language or what? Being told to calm down really sends me into hyperspace and the thought of OG "sorting them out" makes me hyperventilate.

Our "French" family come home this week. Their plans relied on selling their house here, not good timing in todays economic climate and now they have to return and regroup. I would like a £ for everytime OG and I had to do this. Every downturn led to more challenges and heartaches to overcome. There is no glory in struggle. But in hindsight it has all been fun, we have had great times both together and as a family and many, many more to come. The upside for me is to have them back again albeit for a short while until the house does sell.

And finally ......... when Madonna first moved to England she said she wanted to feel more English. She is now an unmarried, single mother with three children from different fathers, one of them black. Job done!


ADDY said...

Love your last paragraph....never a truer word!!

Maggie May said...

Yes, I also loved the last paragraph.

I also hate the phrase, "Calm down" or "you are getting stressed" don't people think I know without having these pointers thrown at me!

Anonymous said...

Me too! Despite sitting here unable to sleep for the pain in my shoulder, it made me laugh. Job done! LOL!

And the story of the kids and the mattress ... been there, done that! Never did understand the empty nest syndrome. A mother's job as I saw it was to bring children up to be independent adults. When mine had both reached that stage and left home, I said 'Job DONE!!' LOL!

One of them is coming to cook for me tonight. :)

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

I love your "punch line" as well.

A x

Anonymous said...

I also enjoyed your last para!

I have been thinking about having two of Amy's friends for a sleepover when it's her birthday in January but something's stopping me from suggesting it..

CJ xx

www.retiredandcrazy.com said...

I would love to be able to claim credit for these comments Rosiero, but I have a list of them sent at various times by friends.

www.retiredandcrazy.com said...

Now calm down Maggie, you are getting stressed.

www.retiredandcrazy.com said...

My children left home and then bought the grandchildren and great grandchildren back with them Jay. Thank god!

www.retiredandcrazy.com said...

It's very un-PC, but I loved it too Anne.

www.retiredandcrazy.com said...

Go for it CJ, you will feel so good when they have gone home again.