Thursday, 24 February 2011

Damn it! I should've said.... Part 2

As the title says, this is a follow-up to my post about my lack of a decent response to those nosey questions from, quite often, virtual strangers about TTC, why we don't have kids etc.. Thanks to those fellow bloggers who provided some suggestions.

Except this time, I have an idea! Ever wondered what to say when a pregnant/new mum friend is complaining about her swollen ankles/morning sickness/lack of clothes that fit/lack of sleep/crying baby?  A book I've been reading has given me inspiration (check out my list of books on the right hand side of my blog if you're a fellow bookworm). The book is set in post-WWII England and Guernsey and is a series of letters between the protagonist, a single, childless 32 year-old woman and a number of other characters. Anyway, this is the line that inspired me:

"My neighbour Evangeline Smythe is going to have twins in June. She is none too happy about it, so I am going to ask her to give one of them to me."

I think it's perfect. Anytime a pregnant/new mum friend complains (or maybe just use for a regular whinger, particularly if she got pregnant in about 2 minutes of TTC, but still likes to complain about how stressful it was), just ask her to hand the baby over! That should shut her up pretty sharpish, I think. And, if said in the right tone, she won't be quite sure whether you were joking or not.

Now I'm just waiting for a chance to give it a try.. watch this space!

8 comments:

  1. Haha love it. That should shut anyone up I hope..

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  2. Great idea... love it too :) Sick of pregnant women complaining - especially when they know I lost a baby during pregnancy and now can't conceive. Might try it myself and let you know how it goes... xoxo

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  3. Love it! Let us know what kind of response you get!

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  4. Thanks.. I think a particularly serious, questioning look whilst offering to take the baby off their hands should create just the right amount of concern in a 'is she joking or actually crazy?' kinda way.
    @newyearmum.. can't believe that people would have the cheek to complain to you after all you've been through. Definitely worth giving this response a try xx

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  5. I heard this one and it still makes me chuckle....to the next person who asks you at a christening 'when will it be your turn?' wait until a funeral, and then ask them the same question.....xxxxx

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  6. LOL! Is that Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society? I just read that as well. Sorry if I got the title wrong but its in the bedroom and don't want to wake dh up!

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  7. Yes, that's the one Kat! I really enjoyed it after being a bit skeptical at first (not a fan of books made up of letters usually). There's a list of books I've been reading further down my blog on the right if you're interested :)

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  8. My list would just be Wolf Hall (audio), something else by Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall (audio), Hilary Mantel, and etc etc etc. I'm in a Mantel phase, but there are much worse authors to idolise!

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