The one where my son gives me a back-handed compliment

May 28, 2011

No 1 Son and I are going through a ‘phase’ at the moment. The phase is the One Where We Don’t Get Along. It amounts to everything I say, or do, annoying him, resulting in much eye-rolling, tuts and scornful ‘Mumms.’

Today, he said something which took me completely by surprise. ‘You write very well,’ he said. ‘I’ve read the stuff you’ve written and it’s as good as any of the newspaper columnists.’

Then came the insult.

‘Why can’t you speak like you write?’


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  • Rosie Scribble May 29, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Aww. That really is quite a compliment. Ignore that last bit. My daughter told me yesterday (after some careful thinking) that I am not old. I’m a little bit chuffed.

  • Gigi MumsRock May 28, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Aaah from the mouths of babes eh?! Stop his pocket money until the reviews improve. End of.