Thursday, January 29, 2009

Like Mother Like Daughter...

I'm having a bad day. A very definitely glass half empty day. No room for amusing anecdotes in my brain - it's too busy pondering how I spent my whole life specifically avoiding making the same mistakes as my mum and have ended up replaying parts of her life, just in a different generation.

Don't get me wrong. My mum is a wonderful woman. Warm, funny, vivacious and loving to a fault. But my God, has she made some severe errors in judgement during her life. I should know. After all, I'm the one repeating them.

I have tried so hard to avoid being in her position. I worked really hard for 18 years and earnt more money than I wish to calculate because that will only cause me to go and stick my head in the oven with the gas on high (actually it's electric, so my head would just be cooked and not gassed which I am guessing is a much more painful way to go). I chose my partners carefully for both their loving natures and generosity in all things. I waited until I was older to have kids, to be sure I was with the right person and be totally confident we would spend the rest of our lives together as a family. So how is it that I am going to be 42 in April (sharp intake of breath...FORTY TWO!!! How in hell did that happen for starters?) and am again alone, with absolutely no money, no tangible assets and a pitiful income that I may as well be paid in shirt buttons for all that it affords me?

I am mystified as to how I allowed this to happen. Created this situation of financial and emotional frailty for myself. Being back at the bottom of the ladder is terrifying and it's hard not to dwell on the multiple mistakes I have made that have led to this point, rather than the potential solutions that might lead me out of it.

I'm not very good at being vulnerable - which is probably why I have made all these mistakes in the first place. Just so that I get to experience it now on such a grand scale. A cosmic alignment of energy which ultimately creates that which you fear the most. Not that I am blaming my mistakes on the stars (tho it would be nice).

I know this situation won't last forever - I will get back on my feet, after all the only way is up. And I am so lucky in so many ways. I have 2 fabulous boys. And amazingly supportive family and friends whom I love deeply and unconditionally. We still have a roof over our head. Thanks to my ex-husbands good income and ongoing contribution I can still pay the bills. For heaven's sake, we still have cable and I buy strawberries out of season. I know things aren't that bad. But they need to be better. I need to be better.

For an over achiever, this is a hard admission to make but I didn't think I would get to my 40s and still be such an extreme case of work-in-progress. But as my mum would say, God bless her, 'look on the bright side'. And that really is what I am able to do most days. Just not today.


  1. You've been tagged! Over at mine, hun....

  2. Just found your blog via More than a just a mother - I love your writing, so I'll be back again to read the rest of your posts!

  3. Dear Supermum (I've just read a lot of your blogs and I know for a fact that the NOT just doesn't apply) - thank you so much for coming by and leaving such a nice compliment. I think your blog is fantastic. I am in awe by so many of them and you're definitely up there. And I can relate to nearly everything you're saying. Inexplicable erotic dreams about people you haven't seen in years and wouldn't touch with a barge pole...tick. Threats from the ex with absolutely no grounds whatsoever...tick. And so many more. So thank you thank you thank you. It means a lot.

  4. I so know where you're coming from - what happened to our perfect lives? How did we get to be here with no loving husband and a broken family and a desperate attempt to not be our mothers? STILL. You clearly have your sense of humour and your lovely boys and your family and friends and just think about it - it could be a lot lot could still be married! Anyway, thanks for your comment today. Isn't it comforting to know there are a few little glowing lights dotted all around the world who think alike? Lxx

  5. So now I just want to give you a hug, some Haagen Daz and a nice glass of wine. Would that be ok?

    I love your honesty, and I'm glad you seem to have reattached your bosoms. :D

    Oh, and do you want to submit a post for The British Mummy Bloggers Carnival? I'm hosting next week's and with writing like this you should definitely be there.

    If so email me a post link to


  6. There's an award for you on my blog!