Oh My Blog is a monthly interview series, where fellow bloggers come together to answer a series of questions on a specific theme. This is a chance to get acquainted with a whole range of bloggers, some of whom you may not have heard of before, and learn a little more about them!
This month, the theme is Mums (because it’s Mother’s Day soon!) and we’re hosting Emma from Emma and Family.
- Introduce us to your mum. What’s her name? What does she do? Reveal her age if you dare!
My mum is the lovely Wendy, I hope she doesn’t mind me sharing but she is 50 years young. She’s a young fit granny! She works as a bookkeeper for her father in law’s accountancy firm one day a week. Don’t ask me what that means she actually does because I haven’t a clue but it is something to do with numbers. She is also the lucky lady who gets to look after my toddler 1 day a week whilst I go to work as well as deal with my ferociously hormonal 13 year old sister.
- What’s the one thing your mum always used to say to you?
I can’t think of anything poignant that she used to always say but she used to sing this little tune to me every morning. It’s about it being time to get up which always makes me think of her and I like to sing it once in awhile to Harrison.
- Someone’s playing your mum. Who is it and why?
OOOoohhh this is so tricky. My mum’s, my mum! I can’t think of anyone that is like her! The first person that sprung to mind was Emma Thompson but I can’t really pinpoint why!
- She’s won the lottery. What’s the first thing your mum buys for herself?
Probably absolutely nothing! Pay off the rest of her mortgage I imagine. She is the type of lady that extremely rarely spends money on herself. Which is actually something I used tell her off for when I was younger but now I’m a mother I find myself doing the exact same thing (I am currently wearing 10 year old leggings that have holes in them because I’m too stubborn to buy a new pair!)
- What embarrassing story about you does she always tell when you meet new people?
Aw no my Mummy doesn’t actually do that! I struck lucky there! So instead I’ll tell you what she used that really embarrassed me. My high school was attached to a gym where my family as well as many of the families of staff and students at my school were members. My mother is one of those women that walk around the changing rooms fully starkers. Meaning the majority of my friends and schoolteachers have all not only seen my mother naked but also probably had an awkward conversation with her whilst naked!
- What are your plans for Mother’s Day this year?
Not a clue in all honestly. I will probably try and see my mum and nan on the Saturday and then Sunday is up for my partner and son to spoil me! Although last year I seem to remember offering to take my mum and nan out for an afternoon tea which I never got round to do doing so maybe I will see if I can find anywhere not already fully booked and take them to that! But my Sunday will ideally be spent with a lie in and a take away with my boys.
- What’s her favourite TV show at the moment?
A combination of Holby City and Casualty. My mum, my nan and I have all watched them both for as long as I can remember and they are pretty consistently the only programmes my mum makes time to watch every week. She likes things like One Born Every Minute and anything-medical documentary kind of thing. I think if it wasn’t for her fear of vomit she would have made an awesome nurse in another life.
- What’s the biggest or most important thing that your mum inspired you to do?
Working hard at school. She didn’t do so well at school and has always regretted it as it stopped her going all the way in the career she wanted. So for as long as I can remember she has always pushed me to do well at school, to go to university etc. In my teens I probably resented her for that a bit but now I’m on the other side I’m really grateful she did. Not going do I have a great education that I will hopefully build on once I have school aged kiddies but I also had the best time of my life at university.
- Your round at the bar! What’s your mum drinking?
White wine, or if it’s near Christmas Baileys! She isn’t really a big drinker, a glass of wine here and there but she doesn’t go in for anything adventurous alcohol wise.
- What’s the biggest different between you and your mum?
As I get older I see more and more of my mum in myself! What will always remain a difference between us is our attitudes to drinking. My mum is terrified of being drunk, she got drunk once and hated it and will do her best to avoid it and has done ever since. Me on the other hand? Give me the booze! All the booze!
- Most important question of the lot. What is your mum’s stance on 50 Shades of Grey? Does she love it? Hate it? Not even know what it is?
I would love to say she hasn’t even heard of it. That’s what I’d like to think anyway. We don’t discuss sex in my family.
- What’s your favourite memory of your mum?
My mum was a single parent until I was 5. I don’t actually have many specific memories of that time but I have this warm overall fuzzy feeling of a memory of how close we were and it just being me and her as a little team and loving that. There is something special about being just a little two person team of a family.
- What do you think your mum was like as a kid?
My mum was a big old tom boy. She was in the scouts and was a competitive swimmer so had her hair cut short. All her childhood and teenage years involved sailing or climbing tree. Although by the time she was 24 she had been engaged twice so maybe she was a little more exciting and adventurous than she had ever let me know!
- Cast your mind back a bit; what was the thing you did as a child or teenager that made your mum the angriest she has ever been with you?
I was 13, I had a load of friends round for a sleepover and everyone stole some alcohol from their parents and we all got drunk! In my house. With my parents upstairs. How I imagined ever getting away with that I don’t know but I definitely was caught. That was without a doubt the most trouble I have ever got in! I was grounded for a month, in a family that didn’t do grounding as a punishment!
- Finally, what’s the BEST piece of advice your mum ever gave to you?
In general, my mum isn’t really a big advice giver. She seems to believe in letting me go out there and make my own decisions and choices and mistakes and then being there to comfort me when those mistakes do happen. Apart from when it comes to my son, she always has little pieces of advice here and there, which to be honest, I don’t listen to many of. She taught me to know my own mind and make my own plans and to trust my gut. I think that is better than any piece of advice she could ever give me.
If you want to find out more about Emma, go and visit her lovely blog and social media.