My Mum absolutely adores children, and we all had a lovely childhood.
I have one brother and one sister.
Les is 5 years older than me, and Mandy is 5 years younger.
I've not written a humorous post today, but I hope you'll enjoy it, nevertheless.
One of the best things about having a 5 year age gap is, that as pre-schoolers, we all had the benefit of Mumsie's undivided attention all through the day.
When Mandy went to school, Mumsie didn't know what to do with herself! She decided to become a childminder.
In those days, this wasn't regulated the way it is today, and minders were called "Aunties".
Even today, we can be walking round town, and there will be a cry of,
"Cooeee, Aunty Aud!" and one of her charges will run up and give her a hug.
She always found great ways to keep us amused, and never complained if we made a mess.
Mum would make great games to play - she would put up the ironing board on a low height, rifle the pantry for tins of food and play shops. Sometimes she'd throw a blanket over the clothes horse and we played tents!
The garden these days is well tended, with neat lawns and fences. It was a different thing in our childhood; there would chalked out hopscotch and the grass threadbare from all the playing!
We would play skipping - with a "borrowed" bit of clothesline, tied to the fence at one end, Mumsie at the other end, turning the rope for us.
She would always find activities to do. She taught me to sew and knit, and once she made a cardboard 'loom' and taught me to weave.
One of my earliest memories from when I was about 3 years old, is finding some red dead nettles near Daddio's shed. (See pic) I thought they were absolutely beautiful, and picked a handful for Mum.
As all good mummies know, on such occasions, we beam a grateful smile to our offspring, and put such 'treasures' in water in an eggcup.
I would pick some everyday all Summer long each year, right up 'til I started school aged five. Every time, Mum would gush with thanks, and put them in the windowsill.
Fast forward through time..................
I got divorced in my late thirties, I really loved my job, but I didn't earn much money. I wanted to buy a house, but I could only get a tiny mortgage. I saw just the right house, quite near Mum and Dad, and close to my sons' school.
It had been repossessed, and needed loads of work, but I put in an offer and was delighted when it was accepted!
That was the good news, the bad news was that it had been rented out to really bad tenants. They'd had three dogs, and the place smelt awful and was filthy!
To give you an idea on the state of the place - it took a whole afternoon for my Aunty Bert (her name's Bertha!), me and Mumsie to clean the kitchen floor. (Did I mention it was filthy!)
Mum and Dad weren't in much of a position to help me financially, but they gave loads of practical help.
All of my family gave tremendous support, but especially Mum.
(Dad, like most men of his generation, happy to put up a few shelves - but doesn't do 'emotion' :O)
A few days after I finally moved in, I wanted to get Mum something special, but couldn't find the right present. Nothing could say what I truly felt.
I was going to my parents for the weekly Saturday Lunch. As I went to get into my car, I spotted some red nettles growing under the hedge. I knew I'd found my present!
I picked a handful, and carefully laid them on the passenger seat.
When I arrived, with my face beaming, I held them out to Mum. She smiled all over her face, and hugged me. As she was putting them in an eggcup, Daddio came into the kitchen, and asked,
"What have you got there, Manageress?" (His pet name for Mum!)
" Never you mind!" she said to him. "I've just got THE best present, but you wouldn't understand."
Then she wiped the corner of her eye on her pinny, and put the 'flowers' in the windowsill.
I'm working on a post for you all about Family Planning, it's one of my hints and tips posts that you like so much, with loads of pics. Don't forget to pop back will you?