My mother is staying with me for three weeks. (She lives in England, I live in the USA. We see each other two or three times a year; it's not nearly enough but ideally it should be in smaller chunks. Like a normal family.) Does anyone recognise the conversations? -
M (mum) - Don't eat dairy today.
Me - Why?
M - You had an upset stomach last night and my doctor said you shouldn't eat dairy.
Me - But I eat an Activia yoghurt every morning with no side effects, and erm, he's not my doctor.
M- Yes but you don't know what caused it. Anyway, it's none of my business.... . I'm just saying.
Me - Why did you pick the kettle up?
M - Nothing. (Isn't that what three year olds say when they're found out?)
Me - You were checking to make sure I hadn't put too much water in weren't you?
M - Well, it's a waste of water and electricity to boil too much. Not that it's any if my business......
Me - How do you know I don't want ten cups?
M - You do far too much you know.
Me - I'm fine.
M - It's no wonder you've got a sore throat.
Me - I caught it from the boys. This is what they had last week.
M - You need some Paracetamol and a lie down.
Me - They don't sell it here and I don't have time.
M - There you see. I'm just saying....
M - You don't eat nearly enough.
Me - I'm hardly wasting away.
M - What did you have for breakfast. A yogurt isn't enough.
Me - I'll eat a banana in a minute.
M - It's no wonder you're not well. I'm just saying......
We're not griping at each other all the time you understand, but isn't it funny how you revert back to your familial roles when together?