So you’re turning 17 and I’m not going to whinge at all that you are getting older. Simply because next year means you’ll be…oh I can’t even go there.
I think and hope you know I’m your biggest fan. So here’s 17 ways you rock at 17.
1) You’re meme king!
I like you send me funny meme’s throughout the day. Makes me feel like I’m oe of the cool kids ,even though I know I’m not.
2) You’re my Doctor Who buddy
The others may question why we watch certain episodes over and over. Not you , even better you can choose the perfect episode to suit the mood!
3) You rock dad jokes
Honestly,they are BAD!! That you find them hilarious though is endearing in itself so we’ll forgive you!
4) Our Sporting Bucket list!
I know I know….you’ve done Wembley with Hull City…hey J tell us that story again in case we missed it the first 678 times??
We’ve a few left though eh? Wimbledon, London Marathon , more Olympics??wait for me!!
5) You’ve lovely manners
Everyone comments on it ….
Actually I’m taking that one , brought up right you see!
6) You’re the best big brother ever
I know you think the dream would be to be an only child,but that’d have been such a waste. You’re great to them all (even S though she drives you nuts!) You’re a fab role model – though you know that has to be kept up forever now right? Like me and Auntie La? No going off the rails!
7) Additionally you are small girl whisperer
No-one can talk her down from a tantrum like you. Teach me your ways….
8) When you love , you love hard
Harry Potter , snooker, The National Train Museum. Some may say obsessive. I say passionate.
9) You’re interested in the world around you
Not just physically around you either. You’ve an interest and compassion for suffering and people going through hardship and turmoil even if they’re on the other side of the world. Even if you don’t know them. You’ve empathy , a character trait many others could benefit from.
10) You’re a food weirdo (like me)
I still don’t get the lasagne thing. You love bolognaise ,yet won’t touch lasagne even without cheese sauce…which just makes it bolognaise in a different shape surely! Not that I can talk!
11) Your kids TV nostalgia is mine too!
Whatever DID happen to Milo ,Jake ,Bella and Fizz eh?
Did the Rubberdubba’s EVER get a peaceful bath?
What the hell was The Shiny Show all about??
And yes ,the guy from Raven scared the life out of me too!
12) You’re easy bribed
Entertain small girl , go to the shops , most jobs are do able for the fee of a packet of fizzy fangs!!!
13) Watching you round others makes me proud
You’re chatty and friendly and warm and can usually find common ground with most people. This could turn out to be your most valuable life skill! I like how warm and caring you are with your friends and how you seem to just be a natural with people! I wasn’t when I was your age and really aren’t that much better now.
14) Your opinions give me hope
You’re open-minded , you’re tolerant and you actively want to change things for the better. As do your friends. When the world is an unstable as it is knowing you all are active in your plans to make a difference well it makes me despair that bit less.
15) You don’t think you’re too old or cool to play showtune karaoke with us.
FYI You will NEVER be too old or cool to play showtune karaoke!
16) You’re thoughtful
You have small girl and I’s PJs on the radiator after a rainy school run. You pick out movies or documentaries you think I might like. You take your brother to football matches if his mates arent going. It’s nice to see!
17) You make parenting easy.
Other than that wretched colic at the start ,which drove the pair of us into thinking I wasn’t cut out for this job. You’ve made being a mum pretty painless.
No drama , no trouble,no horrid teenagey strops or awful behaviour (don’t worry I know you’ve still a few teen years left yet and could turn at any minute, I’m not complacent I promise)
I say this often but that’s because it’s true. Being your mum is an absolute delight. I’ve no idea where it all went right with my haphazard parenting style and you being my guinea pig in the world of mum- hood,but it seems to have and I could not be prouder to have you call me mum.
PS….You sure you’re insistent on going AWAY to uni??? …
Love mum xxx