Thursday, 19 February 2015

Je suis auntiegwen

Just before we went to Paris there were the awful shootings in Paris, at feck it's early tomorrow we fly out to Copenhagen, I think I am a jinx!


Don't fret though as I have been to Edinburgh without any fatalities.
And it's been under  duress. Extreme duress.
Tis half term and beautiful baby daughter fancied a trip up to Edinburgh to see her brother, as they have spent the last few years embroiled in a sibling conflict on an epic scale, I was a wee bit surprised to say the least. Undeterred and heartened at the thought of sibling harmony, I agree to drive BBD to Edinburgh, she can spend some 1 on 1 time with The Beautiful Son, I will spend a bit of time with them and a bit of time with my chum auntielou and all will be well.


I am trying to gloss over the many hours spent in a car, with no escape, in hand to hand conversation with BBD, she is a child who can take offence at anything, and she does, she is extremely good at it. She has practised, a lot.
We also all pretend that she doesn't smoke and that being in an enclosed space with me and no escape to top up nicotine levels has the propensity to make her a bit tetchy. Nonetheless, we are undeterred and we headed North. We are now back, we have survived and we are still on speaking terms, this is a huge achievement. I have bitten a hole clean through my tongue and my eyebrows are still somewhere in my hairline but we are intact.


My son was like a puppy on speed, he was not on drugs nor was he drunk but he was very animated and bouncy, he is now 6 foot 5 and being with him was quite tiring, it was like he was still  his 6 year old self  who had consumed a LOT of sugar and was very overexcited as a result. My daughter was unpredictable, mood wise and I was quite exhausted at the end, auntielou was lovely as always, we have been friends now for over 25 years, she is understanding of the children, for that I am truly grateful, I don't have the usual explaining to do like I would with the unsuspecting public.


In the car on the way home, my BBD reminded me that I am a total hypocrite,  I am a "do as I say not as I do" Mummy, I shame her publicly for the mess in her bedroom, taking photos and everything  yet my car is a total disgrace, and she's right, it's a tip.  Je suis auntiegwen and my car is messy. Do you think that will cover public penance or do we need photos?

13 comments:

Mac n' Janet said...

Congratulations on your daughter getting into Uni, surviving a trip north, dealing with 2 of you kids at a time and being allowed one messy place.

auntiegwen said...

M & J - she has taken agin me today, I am back in the bad mummy corner, I am not quite sure why

Looking for Blue Sky said...

I really don't think you can compare cars and rooms, otherwise I'd be in real trouble! Glad you had a good time with auntilou, I also love people who are understanding of my children ;) x

Little Red Hen said...

Glad you survived the road trip. Long drives with SG are also exhausting - she will argue black is white just for fun or just to bug me.

auntiegwen said...

LFBS - you needed to be this time, I thought it was hard when they were small!!!

LRH - I have her separated at birth twin here with me, when are you taking her back?

libby said...

I think a messy car is just the norm for women with jobs and kids and family and a life...and it matters not. My mister says he needs inoculating before getting into my car.....so what.
Very very jealous of you going to Copenhagen....tis lovely...hope you have a great time..xxx

Nota Bene said...

Photos please. My sympathy to you...what is it with young people they want to make us olduns lives hell? And we're not even that old. Good luck to the Danes...

London City (mum) said...

Still laughing about your eyebrows/hairline comment.
So glad you are back in one piece and who gives a shit about the state of your car.
It's not like you are eating off the seats, right? Right?

As you were.

LCM x

Gigi said...

It is my very firm belief that cars are SUPPOSED to be messy; rooms are not.

K Ville said...

I am a keen supporter of a wide open immigration policy mainly because it has become the blessed answer to my messy car problem. Mostly horse shit and pomegranate wrappings left by my own BD. I think surviving a return car journey with a daughter is an amazing achievement, I am in awe, we struggle to yet to sainsburys and back without a traumatic 'conversation' happening.

Working Mum said...

I bet your car was never a mess before you had the children!

Trish Burgess said...

How do you get your son to be bouncy? Mine still gives the impression he is just out of bed and only barely vertical...which is probably an accurate assessment.

auntiegwen said...

Libs - I have heard that phrase before aimed at me!!!

NB - some are older than others, clearly I am referring to myself as you are still 37...

LCM - clearly the child who would win the messy Olympics does!!

Gigi - my thoughts exactly

K ville - It's their age (or ours!) would you like some gin? I have rhubarb flavour :)

WM - t'was beautiful , like my bank balance!

Trish - I was in FLITTERS with his energy, give me lie down Rory any day