“Step into the shoes” of someone of significance in your life.
Try and imagine how they see your relationship with them, child or adult, their perspective.
Be as honest as you can.
I've chosen my “Mother in Law” because I sort of try to 'do' the children all the time.
Lots of time!
If you're up to the challenge, give me a tinkle on completion………..
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Whilst I have never asked her directly. [perish the thought!] But if you asked her what she thinks of me, she might say something like this:-
“I think she is basically a good woman and he could have done a lot worse if truth be told. I like her, you know, but I just think she spends far too much time cleaning everything. I've never seen anyone do so much cleaning, especially when everything is already clean. Why does she do that?
I know she's trying to teach them good table manners but I just don't see the point of a butter knife, it just makes more washing up. What’s a few crumbs between family? Why does she do that I wonder?
I try to keep out of her way as she is always rushing around doing heaven knows what. I get my own snacks so as not to be a bother.
When she's not cleaning she's cooking. Cooking, cooking, cooking, I can't think why, there's only 6 or 7 of us? I always say 'never trust a skinny cook!' Then, if I take a little slice of bread, because you know I am a diabetic so I have to be careful, and she then runs after me with a plate in one hand, a dust pan and brush in the other hand, a cloth and a spray cleaner in the other hand because of course you know she thinks she has six hands or something.
I would say one thing though. She is very good at laundry. I make sure I take all my white clothes to America when I visit.
You know what they say, 'a son's a son til he gets a wife, but a daughter's a daughter the rest of your life.' I never had a daughter of my own so I don't know if that's true. I like her bog. She sends me it every day. It keeps me in touch when I am in England. Generally I don't get on with women very much, but I think if you can tease someone, then maybe you can't ask for much more than that.
It is a very noisy happy household, so I don’t bother with my hearing aides. I can tell when she’s yelling because her freckles seem luminous on that puce complexion.
I just wish she would slow down, you know, because at my age I know that life can be so very, very……..well, you know…………short.”
We love you Nonna, and thanks for doing the ironing, one chore I never do, coz you know I'm allergic to that!