Sunday, 20 April 2014

Sorrel's Inner Child

I am sure my mother in law would not mind informing you all that she has reached an important milestone in her birthday calendar . This has not curtailed her ability, in any way,to unleash her inner child whenever the mood takes her in order to enjoy and appreciate activities and experiences usually reserved for the likes of Bobby from The Railway Children or Titty from Swallows & Amazons
Sorrel has an amazing ability to enjoy anything and everything

Sorrel, chocolate Mary and the infamous dressing gown

This morning I arranged an " Easter Bunny Hunt" for her. Four goose eggs and a chocolate bunny ( a fitting tribute to the valiant  Mary I thought) had been secreted in the front garden for Sorrel to find,
Donned in a fleece dressing gown and fluffy slippers she skipped around the garden,  squealing triumphantly  as she removed each egg from its hiding place amid the greenery
She was only  interrupted the once, when Ann  Malthoff from around  the corner walked by with a wry smile on her face. Sorrel tried hiding behind a ceanothus bush but the Purple Hearts on her dressing gown gave her away.
Ann is a happy soul too......I heard her chuckling away to herself as she disappeared down the lane.

48 comments:

  1. How lovely. And people with a healthy inner child are much the best sort to know.

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  2. With a name like Sorrel how could she behave any other way.

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  3. Delightful image this conjured up - thank you :)

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  4. How delightful! That's the kind of mother in law we all wish we had! :/

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  5. Long live Sorrell I say John - and please tell her so from an almost 82 year old! We all need a bit (or even a lot) of child in us as we get older and less mobile - we need to see the fun side of things. Happy Easter

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  6. It's the inner child that keeps a body young! Feed the inner child! You go, Sorrel.

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  7. I hope she inhaled that chocolate bunny.

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  8. Goodness, you couldn't miss that dressing gown. It must be easily visible from five miles away....

    My 91 year old mum has a bit of the inner child as well. Whatever outing or activity I suggest to her, she enthusiastically embraces it and afterwards says what a wonderful time she had. If only everyone had that approach to life.

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  9. It makes one feel Giddy at such joy of simple things. Happy Easter, John, Chris & Sorrel, as well as fur & feathered ones. xx

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  10. I bet that made her day!

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  11. I remember her frolicking with a feathered friend last year.

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  12. That's brilliant, John. There are too many people out there who take life far too seriously. Sorrel is such a lovely name for a fun-loving lady.

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  13. Two things made me dash out to buy choccy bunnies and create a Easter egg hunt for the "children" ages 18, 21, 24 .. First was a call from my eternally young mother telling me off for not making an effort ..and then reading this blog!!!!! I have ran around like a mad thing getting the hunt ready.. Phew! I feel 10 years younger, thank you both xxxx

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  14. Making a memory! We all have that inner child in us....recalling days gone and the happy memories of Easter morning. The frilly dress and the white gloves and patent leather shoes the new bonnet and so many hidden treasures in the yard.

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  15. Lovely story, she sounds wonderful. And you for doing that for her.

    (whispers) can i live with you please?
    i won't eat much
    or drink much (lie)
    Hoppy Easter
    x

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  16. way to go sorrel! we all need to remember to enjoy our lives more. i hope you all have a wonderful easter!

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  17. Sounds like a great way to start the day, Happy Easter to you and yours.

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  18. To relish life, we all need to sustain that "inner child". I'm just going down to the shop to buy a bag of gobstoppers and a handful of "Black Jacks". Are we still allowed to call them "Black Jacks" or are they now "Afro-Caribbean Jacks"?

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  19. Like Simone said, I bet that made her day. It made my morning reading about it. And "chocolate Mary" made me tear up a bit. Truly.

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  20. Fun in the village on Easter! Have a wonderful day!

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  21. You are blessed to have a fun MIL. Enjoy the time.

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  22. When we arrive to that "certain age" we have to embrace the 'inner child' or we will let out the 'crabby bitch'.

    That's some robe - no hiding out in that, Tee Hee! Great for Easter!

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  23. Excellent. Hugs to you all.

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  24. I want her name and her gown right now. Please send them my way when she is done with them.

    And YOU are a grand son in law!

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  25. You're never too old for an Easter egg hunt. . .

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  26. wow what a great day you had i love childish treats i have tryed to grow up but it just does not happen, to many silly thoughts in my head that just pop out of my mouth but i am at the age now i can get away with it

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  27. There's something wonderful about an ability to enjoy all your life with a childlike wonder and enthusiasm. I think she's wonderful... I love the dressing gown too. :-)

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  28. Reminds me a bit of that poem by Jenny Joseph about growing old disgracefully whilst wearing purple (although I think Sorrel sounds far too well-bred to want to learn to spit!). Good for her - I wonder if Chris will be like that at Sorrel's age???

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  29. I don't hid eggs anymore but if any of the children are around they find some chocolate eggs and a card somewhere in the house for them.
    One of the greatest joys for me is celebrating any day (holiday) with children especially when they were little.

    cheers, parsnip

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      Love Chris' mum and her name is lovely.

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  30. Sounds like she had fabulous time.

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  31. When you kiss her, does she taste lemony ?!! Sorrel is such a lovely name. Also, I meant to say that Chris looks wonderful ….. he should be an extra in a period drama. XXXX

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  32. Sorrel sounds a hoot. Just my type of MIL. I adore people who are just "themselves" no matter what age. Loved reading about a "chocolate" Mary. Remembering the bunny at Easter is fabulous.

    Jo in Auckland, NZ

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  33. Its never too late to have a happy childhood. ;o)

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  34. Happy Easter John! I made homemade Scotch eggs today in your honor! I can't wait to try one. They are not available commercially here (in fact, no one has ever heard of them) so I had to do my own. I'll report on the results after the taste test!

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  35. more power to your MIL; beats sitting on your arse being a grump like MY MIL.

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  36. Given and received in the same spirit. Well done, both of you.

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  37. That was just plain nice of you to do the "Easter egg hunt" for your MIL.

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  38. I'm always so happy to hear about people that are free spirits, no matter their age! My mother is going to be 80 this year and wants to go zip-lining. So we will. I can hardly wait!

    So fun that you did an egg hunt for your MIL, it sounds like you all had a great time. What a lovely name she has. :)

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    1. What's zip lining?

      Jo in Auckland, NZ

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  39. A fun and classy start to the day but what about Chris?

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  40. Never too old for an Easter Egg hunt x

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  41. I can just see Her Maj doing that, on this, her day of the two fat 'persons'. (Many happy ones, Ma'am!).

    So - your ma-in-law has purple hearts on her dressing gown. I'll say no more - except "Could that explain her 'strange' behavior?" No, but seriously, I'm sure that all that sort of thing passed her by and she's lived as innocent as a rose.

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  42. What fun! Glad Sorrel found all the eggs and the chocolate bunny. Love her dressing gown.

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  43. What a good son in law you are! Some years ago my daughter and I hid eggs for my parents to find. It was great fun! They thoroughly enjoyed and I think we enjoyed it even more.

    Cheers!

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  44. It doesn't matter hi wold you are, having fun is all in the mind
    Sound a lovely lady

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