Saturday, 6 February 2010

Things people said to me Part 2

Another list of things people have said to me in the past or recently that have stuck with me. A couple of these came back to me because of recent posts.

No I want some time off for good behaviour
Said by my husband Andy Kirkham, classical guitarist after I suggested that we needed to die on the same day!!!!

If an animal has given up its life for you to eat it, you owe it to that animal to cook it well
Dr Bob - and boy does he cook the animals well...including road kill.

Whenever you are irritated or repulsed by what someone says or does or (even strongly attracted to) look to what it can teach you about yourself.
Said by Nuala Ronayne a reflexologist that well and truly plonked me on the right path in my late twenties. She is love personified (honestly!).

Mum are you sure we locked the house because they've got lots of our things here?
Said by my, then, seven year old daughter as we walked around a car boot sale while holidaying in Somerset (miles and miles from our home).

There will always be 'haves' and 'have nots'. You just have to make sure you're in the 'haves'.
Pete Burroughs - my 'sort of boss' from a brief spell of working at British Sugar. I never saw eye to eye with him politically.

People always say they would rather be deaf than blind because they overlook the way blind people are treated (with respect) as opposed to the way deaf people are treated - with impatience, intolerance and often the assumption they are stupid.
An assembly at school when I was about ten, lead by the deaf association. They were making a good point but they asked us if we would rather be deaf or blind - to which I remember thinking, I would rather be neither deaf nor blind thank you.

You got the personality and your sister got the good looks.
Said by my late father...... how to insult your two daughters in one foul swoop!

I believe we only ever borrow our children - they are never really ours.
Said by one of you lovely blog people in a post recently...but sorry I cannot remember who. Great notion. If we think we are just borrowing our children, that might help us pitch our parenting more carefully!!!!!!

I'll give you fifty quid to keep quiet.
Said by my brother during a game of Monopoly. Myself, my dad and my brother were playing. I was the banker and I had been cheating from the start of the game. I was nicking money, sneakily moving more or less places than the dice showed, making up the wording on chance cards...etc. If ever there was a game designed for cheating, it was Monopoly. Anyway, my brother part way through cottoned on (probably when my dad said, 'Molly how come you have all the money and the properties so early on in the game?) and started cheating too. When my dad went to the toilet, I told my brother there was only space for one cheat to which he said, 'I'll give you fifty quid to keep quiet......(Monopoly money of course). In the end the cheating was uncovered and we all laughed and got silly. This was the usual ending to any venture us three went on.


  1. The first one is priceless... surely you're not difficult to live with???? :)

    And the car boot! Fantastic!

    Food for thought.... thanks.

  2. Difficult to live with? To borrow a technique from Molly's dad, I love Molly dearly but I admire Andy more than anyone I've ever met.

  3. Nicely delivered Jonathan!!!!!! Cheeky. I will get you back this evening. How about I point and laugh at you for a few numbers while you are playing?

    My adorable husband has a great sense of humour. Imagine the scene...all tender...cuddling...and I say, I couldn't bear to be without him, perhaps we need to die on the same day...and then he says that. I have modified it. I now say, 'look after yourself Andy, I have to go before you. You drink wine, I have to drink more'....

  4. You got the personality and your sister got the good looks....

    and there's me thinking my MIL was the past master of the barbed comment! LOL

  5. Nice one J!

    I'm starting to think that Andy really *needs* his sense of humour! :)

    The fact that he can say that and not end up divorced speaks volumes, too.

  6. 'Your children are not your children, they are the sons and the daughters of life's longing for itself; they move through you but they are not from you, they live with you but belong not to you. You can house their bodies but not their souls, for their soul come from a place of tommorow that you can not visit, not even in your dreams. You can try to be like them but you cannot make them just like you.....' paraphrased and probably a bit wrong, but that's here it comes from, innit?

  7. Reminds me of when me, dad, Jim and Mikey were playing Scrabble once and dad said to Mikey (who is dyslexic), "Show us your letters Mike and I'll tell you what some of them are." Jim says this is the funniest thing dad ever said?!!

    Love, Mrs. No-Personality-and-Used-to-have-the-looks-but-doesn't-even-have-them-any-more-either!!! xxx

  8. Akelamalu - funny thing was...he did mean it with love! I've had non-'in-law' MILs in the past that were pretty good at making me feel that kept calling me his previous girlfriend's name and another that spoke Greek all the time in my presence even though she spoke perfect English!

    Codgi - Andy's perfected Molly-Mocking! With love! I know when I'm on to a good thing.....a divorce would never be in my best interests!

    Vonwinkle - love it. I will stop trying to sew my name label onto them.

    Claire - was I there - it sounds familiar!? Remember the lie-truth game we all played one Christmas - HILARIOUS!!! Laughter to pain.
    Love Molly, with a little bit of personality left. xxxx

  9. The 'borrowing children' thing is from 'The Phrophet' by Kahil Gibran

    *your children are not your children
    They are the sons and daughters of life's longing for itself.
    They come through you but not from you,
    And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

    You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
    For they have their own thoughts.
    You may house their bodies but not their souls,
    For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
    which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

    You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
    For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.*

  10. FF - that made me well up. It's gorgeous. thank you for taking the time to type it and VW - pretty spot on

  11. Umm, I could take the credit for typing it but actually I did a c&p. Isn't it lovely though - one of the first 'hippy' books I bought.



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