Thursday, 5 April 2012

Mum-in-law

Mother and Son


Just waiting for the mum-in-law to arrive, so I have a few sneaky minutes of blogging to share!
As I said yesterday, I am extremely lucky having Sorrel as a mother in law.
She's sociable, easily pleased, undemanding and house trained
She is also young-at-heart. terrified to the point of abject hysteria of mice and birds (yes not a good mix with our lifestyle what?) and in her smart "Broadstairs" designer wear, is certainly not built for schlopping through mud with a pig under her arm.
But I do love her dearly!
Like any retired lady of independent means who has a middle aged gay son, Sorrel has often gone on holiday with the two of us,These "adventures" have always proved to be  entertaining affairs, as something "unfortunate" often seems to happen to her when abroad
I have blogged about this before, but I think the story of her first day at the rather select resort of Sitges in Spain is worth repeating for comic effect !
We arrived at Sitges by train, which was not a good move as Sorrel who is a trusting little soul, got herself pick pocketed by two Albanian scumbags before she got off the coastal express!
Hyperventilating and shaky we got her to the very select hotel, checked her into her lovely sea view room with instructions to , freshen up, get changed and meet  us downstairs at the heaving lunchtime restaurant for a stiff gin and tonic and a rejuvenating lunch!
And so, a short time later, dressed classicaly all in black, Sorrel met us outside the hotel where hoards of affluent Spaniards were enjoying their late lunches at the open air dining area.
As we ventured out onto the pavement to pick a table, Sorrel slipped out of one flower encrusted sandal and immediately fell into a large, shallow and incredibly dusty manhole!
It seemed like an absolute age before she managed to climb out, and as "older" ladies have a want to do when they fall over, she rolled over several times before managing to get to her feet!
Chris, mortified with the spectacle of his mother looking as though she had been trampled by a herd of buffalo hissed "Get up get up!!!!!!!!!" rather too loudly as Sorrel, sandal-less and filthy  clambered out of the hole in front of a hushed restaurant
And were was I when all this was happening?
Yes...I was hiding in a nearby doorway , sobbing in hysterics
And that was only day one
hey ho 
The Santa Maria Hotel Sitges (right)


40 comments:

  1. Poor woman, is this poor lady an accident waiting to happen? My goodness. Hope she was alright.

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  2. John, yours is too stinking cute too!
    Jane x

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  3. If I were your Mother-in-law, I would KILL you for posting this story!!!

    Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs to Mum

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  4. From your tone it seems all were laughing by the end of lunch. Or else, Chris may be looking around for a handy manhole, too.

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  5. she did larf about it eventually!
    but that was the gin

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  6. she must be a love to put up with you John!!! and Chris!!! ;-) can't wait for the next installment of trip! do hope her visit doesn't end in catastrophe, not holding my breath however!!!

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  7. Oops! That is exactly the sort of thing I would do too, Sorrel. How come you gents didn't help her up? Well, I suppose you were too busy laughing...

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  8. Poor Sorrel! I am laughing as i can vividly see her trying to regain any sort of composure after oh so casually falling into a manhole!

    It's a wonder she speaks to you, John! While i may have seen the funny side of it later on had it happened to me, i don't think i would have appreciated my son-in-law sobbing with hysterical laughter just then. Otoh, were it to happen to me, i might have been busy laughing, too. Except for the time where i fell and broke my leg, i usually do laugh after i fall in public.

    megan

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  9. I guess that means running with the bulls was out of the question?? Have a great time, and cherish the moments you all have together!

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  10. She sounds like a good one!

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  11. and this was before the G and T's?

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  12. That's not very charitable on Chris's part - some people hate being associated with embarassing accidents. Tsk Tsk.

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  13. Why do they feel the need to roll around once they have fallen?

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  14. Can't wait to hear her adventures on this visit.

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  15. Goodness, Chris looks so smart, unlike you in your usual mud and pigshit-proof farming gear!

    I hope mum-in-law manages to get through her stay without any further unexpected calamities. I'll keep my fingers crossed....

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  16. Poor love! You tell a good tale John. xxx

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  17. Sorry, I shouldn't laugh, but I had to.

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  18. She sounds like a delightful lady.
    I hope the next time she takes a tumble, you two act like gentlemen and hoist her back up!

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  19. What an interesting contrast of personalities. Gin does tend to make embarassments seem more amusing.

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  20. I'd love to have a MIL like that. Mine? Haven't said more than three words to her in last decade. She lives in another province, thinks her son should have married a German, and when she calls says "let me speak to xxx".

    I still haven't figured out what I've done other than marry her son!

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  21. Shame on you! She looks far too good for you, and what on earth is wrong with Broadstairs style?!

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  22. Surely nothing can go wrong while Sorrel is back with you in Trelawnyd... but just in case, I've got my fingers crossed for you.

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  23. Love it...she's our kind of Mommsy type...My Mom Jim and I have stories to tell over martinis, many martoonies!

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  24. There are a lot worse things to fall around your place into as I hope Sorrel doesn't find out. Good luck!

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  25. He didn't give his mum a hand?


    Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! :o)

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  26. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=aKqc_BPXAsM

    Perhaps?

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  27. Stop it. I'm trying to breathe while laughing close to uncontrollably.

    Very nice photo of the two of them.

    She's made of the right stuff to just consider visiting the two of you.

    Definitely a keeper.

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  28. Stop it. I'm trying to breathe while laughing close to uncontrollably.

    Very nice photo of the two of them.

    She's made of the right stuff to just consider visiting the two of you.

    Definitely a keeper.

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  29. Stop it. I'm trying to breathe while laughing close to uncontrollably.

    Very nice photo of the two of them.

    She's made of the right stuff to just consider visiting the two of you.

    Definitely a keeper.

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  30. Oh, dear. the poor woman. An accident waiting to happen at every turn.

    But, like your birds, she seems to have a lot of pluck.

    Probably not a good analogy, for her.

    Nonetheless, as SAS observed, Sorrel is certainly a keeper!

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  31. Oh No!
    But she sounds really lovely. I love her name. I've never met a Sorrel before.

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  32. Looking forward to the next installment!

    Sorrel looks like a sweet lady! Happy Easter! xo

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  33. Sorrel. Sorrrr...ellll. Love it. Love the name. Love her. I roll the same way when I fall. I'm changing my name to Sorrell. Sorreeellll. Love it

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  34. Don't take her down to visit the lady with the lift

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  35. What an excellent mother-in-law you have!

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  36. All I can say is that after reading this story John I think you must have a mother-in-law in a million. She is still speaking to you!

    Say hello to her from me.

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  37. I shall look forward to reading more of misadventures!

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  38. scarlet
    thank you so much for that
    I am new to this searching business.... that HAS BEEN HELPFUL

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  39. Oh no you didn't! I hope you two both got a sound talking to by Sorrel. Poor dear. I'm pretty clumsy, so can relate to the fall. Now the pick pocket NO. I hold my purse closer than I would a newborn baby. he he.

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