Girls, Listen Up….

Ok my darling daughters.

Should you find yourselves without me there for guidance when you leave school (I could have had an unfortunate bowel exploding incident due to bran flake & coffee overdose or finally have been sectioned due to obsessive Google medical researching…) there are a few pointers I’d like you to take on board.

1) Pick a vocational degree.

Don’t do what I did and just pick a subject you like and are good at with no idea how it could figure into your future. Not unless you want to get to your mid thirties and still be paying off a student loan that paid for a two year hangover and return tickets to Wigan.

2) Start your driving lessons on the day that you can.

Just book ten. Pay with Dad’s card and book your test date. Gain your wings early. It’ll open up your world.

3) Get a part time job while you study.

It will feel good to earn but also teach you how tough it is to do a hard days work. Use this to fuel your passion to succeed at your studies so that you work in a job you love, despite the hard days.

4) If you insist on having a boyfriend before you’re 38, pick a nice boy.

Sounds easy but it isn’t.

Don’t rule out the quiet ones, the awkward ones, the studious ones.

They may lack the instant appeal of the cool ones (I’m aware I’m sounding horribly cringey right now) but these are all characteristics you will seek out later in life when you tire of the bravado and bullshit.

If you do have break ups, just know that that dull ache will ease and time will dry those seemingly endless tears.

Do tell Dad if they are in the wrong as I promise that he will be under strict instructions to rip their f&@king face off.

(Don’t you do it. Always conduct yourselves as ladies)

5) Always double bag your wine at Asda as their carrier bags have the durability of their smart price loo roll.

6) Be there for each other.

It’s ok for you and your sister to be different. It’s ok to go your own ways in life. Just know that we are all bound by that invisible thread that may not always be obvious but can be felt when you give it a little pull.

You have both had years of giggles and adventures that you may not even remember but just know that I saw that look of adoration over and over when you were my littlies and there is no other bond quite like it.

7) Look back at old photos.

Time flies, people change but memories last a lifetime.

Look at the pictures. Look how I saw you. Looking through the viewfinder, bursting with pride. Eager to bore my Facebook friends with more pictures of my two most beautiful creations.

Look at the pictures.

Look at the room behind you. This was our safe haven.

The only home you have known.

That’s my coffee cup in the background. With a half drunk cold brew in it no doubt.

I’d become distracted by your interactions and decided that coffee will wait while I capture these moments.

8) Be good people.

Not perfect. Good will do.

Be kind. Smile at strangers (but don’t talk to them for the love of God!).

Be a good friend. Reply to texts. Keep to plans.

9) DO NOT be a pushover.

Girls, find a balance between being agreeable and unf&@kwithable.

10) Do what makes you happy and keep doing it **

**Unless that is hard drugs, bad boys or dangerous sports.

11) Be fearless

Don’t fear the bad in the world like I did, to the point of it stopping you living your lives.

See through your brilliant ideas to fruition, knowing that you can do any bloody little thing you both put your minds to.

Fear is good if it spurs you on to take the challenge and smash it.

Ok I’m waffling.

12) Eat clean, drink in moderation, exercise lots, stick to the speed limit.

Love you forever.

JD xx

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14 Comments
  • Michelle Banks
    Posted at 21:34h, 21 August Reply

    ? lovely funny honest blog ?

  • Helen Lou
    Posted at 22:53h, 21 August Reply

    ??

  • Cath Jones
    Posted at 08:55h, 22 August Reply

    Love this! ?

  • Pamela Baumforth
    Posted at 09:19h, 22 August Reply

    Tears over my porridge-glad the kids left yesterday

    • This Mum Business
      Posted at 09:22h, 22 August Reply

      Aww sorry Pamela! xxx

    • Pamela Baumforth
      Posted at 10:50h, 22 August Reply

      Don’t be…it has a wonderful ring of truth and honesty/and as a protective mother(and mine are in their twenties) I know where you are coming from. Good advice.

    • This Mum Business
      Posted at 10:51h, 22 August Reply

      Pamela Baumforth thank you. They will always be our babies xx

  • Mummy Muckups (Anna)
    Posted at 09:38h, 22 August Reply

    Love 4!! Absolutely!! But #5 super important, also. Care for both your man and wine. #bigpinklink

  • justsayingmum
    Posted at 12:19h, 22 August Reply

    I bloody love this! I’ve got daughter’s too and I was nodding my way through the whole of this. I’ve also got one just starting to drive so I’m so with you on the whole speed limit thing – I’m terrified! Lovely gorgeous advice though! #BigPinkLink oh and the pick a nice boy – love that xx

  • Agent Spitback
    Posted at 11:43h, 23 August Reply

    Love this letter! Especially #7 – definitely a safe haven for our girls to be just themselves. Thanks for sharing with #bigpinklink

  • Lisa Pomerantz
    Posted at 01:49h, 24 August Reply

    What a great post for us all, and especially those two beauties who call themselves sisters. How lucky and lovely. #bigpinklink

  • Jimmy Wallace
    Posted at 07:23h, 25 April Reply

    Nice one xxx

  • Jemmah Louise Wright
    Posted at 09:29h, 25 April Reply

    Awwh this gave me a little tear xxxx

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