What I Learned - Women Talking Dirty by Isla Dewar
So I think it's fairly safe to say that by now you have realised that my beating Scottish heart loves a bit of Scottish fiction with fiery Scottish women who wear their heart on their sleeves and often engage their mouth before their brain - and Isla Dewar's characters never fail to disappoint. Women Talking Dirty is no exception.
What I Learned:
I love this - I think at some point we all have that dawning realisation that out kids are actually smarter than us. More so than ever now with technology moving so fast (my nephew is learning coding at primary school. Coding. I'm not even entirely sure what that is!). This also reminds me of the feeling when you can see the light switch going on in their brain. The first time I really remember this happening was when my 2 year old made the connection between the chicken nugget on her plate and the chickens she had seen earlier in the day. Another wee funny side note. My daughter is now 15, did really well in her Nat 5's and had a realisation last night that had her crying out for a good 20 minutes that her whole childhood was a lie, and that nobody actually specified that Humpty Dumpty was an egg and what if he was just a man who fell and died and we sing about it. This led to a discussion about ring a ring of roses being about the plague. "Muuuuuuuuum, seriously, my childhood was all a lie. What were you teaching me?" Brilliant!
Speaking as a woman who's brought up my daughter by myself for 14 of her 15 years, I can relate. The responsibility of standing by yourself can be overwhelming at time. That the knowledge that the buck absolutely stops with you, and if it all screws up it's totally on you. However the offset is finding that special man worth "staynding by" No easy feat. I was saying to someone the other day that I've come to the realisation that it's actually more a case of learning the level of idiocy you are willing to put up with! As my daughter would say, #Old&Cynical!!!!
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