Rediscovering the 'Me' in 'Mumeeeeeee'

'I have always thought that there is no more fruitful source of family discontent than a housewife’s badly-cooked dinners and untidy ways'. (Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management, 1861)

August 29, 2011

If I wasn't a mum......

If I wasn't a mum....

  • I would have never rediscovered the joy of fishfingers and beans
  • I wouldn't own a rabbit-shaped jelly mould
  • I would probably still be able to wear a bikini
  • I would have a house, not a home
  • I wouldn't know any of the CBeebies number rap songs
  • I wouldn't know the difference between a stegosaurus and a brontosaurus
  • I would spend money on things I don't need, rather than on things my children don't need
  • I would have never discovered the truth about Santa or the Tooth Fairy
  • I would shout less and laugh less
  • I would have a tidy car and nobody to play I-Spy with in it
  • I would have never touched a snake
  • I would have never cried at Toy Story 3
  • I would have never known how addictive Lego can be
  • I wouldn't have any need for glitter, feathers, glue, googly eyes or pipe cleaners
  • I wouldn't have just made delicious pizza muffins for lunchboxes (which will quite probably be scoffed before they even see a lunchbox)
  • I would walk past butterflies and beetles and worms, rather than stopping to look at them
  • I wouldn't have a bag full of muddy wellies in the boot of my car
  • I would have never known the joy of that first glass of wine when the kids are all asleep

This post is written for all the mums and dads who are momentarily delighted about the fact that the kids are back at school and not under their feet all day - but who then stand in the middle of a very quiet house and miss them hugely.



  1. Aw Hazel this is lovely. Even though i am beyond most of the above - I've been there and agree with all and am glad to be reminded.

  2. Oh I loved this, so very true. It's made me think what my life would be like without children and it doesn't appeal to me at all.

  3. This brought tears, Hazel. As I sit here, with my two not three metres from me, wondering if it's too late to change my mind and home-school them.


  4. That's a lovely post! And very true!

  5. Wise words indeed..... Loved this post!!
    A little concerned though, as I had pipe cleaners & glitter before the small ones...


  6. And you may never have started blogging!

  7. yes the first glass is like no other...Also for me the first five minutes of driving off on Sat night ...they never look sweeter than when they wave from their bedroom windows

  8. Liar. You so would have a jelly mould shaped like a rabbit. You'd eat it while playing Lego. Seriously.

  9. I love this post! If I wasn't a mam, I'd be nearly finishing off my PHD as I had just applied for it when I found out I was pregnant! ah well-University of life and all that! x

  10. That was a lovely post. You have pointed out how much fun children can have and how we adults often forget the little things in life that really matter.

    I'd like to add this post to my Blog Promotions page if you don't mind.

    CJ xx

  11. I love this, I will be reading this on Monday morning

  12. Awww what a lovely post..this is so true. I will be passing this to all my mummy and daddy friends.

  13. Brilliant, thanks for this little gem Hazel :)

  14. hmm...nice post and a long list :) x

  15. Great list, I think there are times I'd like an actual house like one out of some interiors magazine. Actually there aren't.

  16. I'm behind on my reading so only catching this post now. It's another lovely one. I think I'd add "I wouldn't be aware of the 5 second rule" x


Blog Widget by LinkWithin