Wise before her years #carrotranch

Charli’s prompt….

May 18, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a wise story. It can be about wisdom, expressing wisdom or advice for turning 50! It can be a wise-cracking story, too. Go where wisdom leads you.

Mum was wise, and rarely shared her wisdom. Dad wasn’t sure and hid behind aphorisms

don’t clap throw money

always leave them laughing

it’s a wise man who sees his own toes

it’s cold enough to freeze a witch’s tit

I don’t keep a dog to bark myself

I’m not sure which was the first piece of wisdom mum shared that I recall but the one that’s stayed with me most is

you didn’t ask to be born

From 12 to 17 mum had to look after her dying father and then her two young brothers; then within a couple of years of her two children moving out she had both mother and mother in law to look after – for ten years.

She hated the idea, in an intense visceral way, that her two sons, who she had done her best to make into self-reliant confident young men would ever feel a duty to their parents, a burden. No, for her, if we were to have any sort of relationship it had to be based on a mutual respect and because we, we children, wanted to have one.

The result was she and dad felt no compunction about leading their own lives, going abroad, off on trips. They had a wide and varied circle of friends and interests and were never at a loss for what to do. They were interesting and interested and when we spent time together, fitting in around our mutual diaries, it was fun and wanted, not because of a perceived obligation.

She made no demands, she accommodated where she could and our relationship grew into one of a friendship.

The result? We spent a lot of time visiting each other and enjoying each other’s company.

I’ve tried to follow suit but having children, loving them to bits, and wanting to know what they are doing, now they are both freshly pressed adults brings home how hard this is. But I will keep trying. After all mum set the standard.

And this week’s flash… well wisdom comes in many forms

That thing that’s before godliness

Paul looked at his wife’s face. ‘Looks like you need more than tea.’

‘That woman is impossible.’ Mary accepted the wineglass. ‘Mrs Wise. Talk about misnamed.’

Paul settled back into his seat. ‘Go on. What now?’

‘Milk in the washing machine. She thought it was the fabric conditioner.’

‘Aren’t the bottles different?’

‘She cracked the conditioner so decanted it into an old water bottle last time. I labelled it carefully. Calling her a cleaner is such a misnomer.’

‘We could look for a new one?’

‘Like Miss Peaberry? Remember what she di wit your toothbrush?’

‘So more wine?’


About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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15 Responses to Wise before her years #carrotranch

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Oh! Why is being a parent so very hard 🤗

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  2. Norah says:

    Oh. I think they are wise to not call on Mrs Peaberry! Nice to hear about your parent-child relationship, as both child and parent.

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  3. Rachel M says:

    My son says he’s never moving out of home. He’s only 10 so he may change his mind.

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  4. Your mum’s wisdom…that’s priceless. Love it. As for your dad’s, well, that’s just fine. Fun and exactly as I expected. I don’t think I want to know about the toothbrush. Yes, please. More wine.

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  5. Annecdotist says:

    Another lovely account of your mother – it is indeed wise not to put pressure on adult children to maintain the relationship. Beautiful solution to milk in the washing machine – of course, more wine!

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  6. Charli Mills says:

    Your mom set a wise standard, and our wisdom comes with the realization that it’s not easy to do but worthwhile. It’s definitely a different stage with new adult children. And I’m imagining all kinds of indignities Mrs. Peaberry did with the toothbrush!

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  8. Most enjoyable, Geoff.

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