Slummy Single Mummy

Jo Middleton is a freelance writer and mother of two girls, aged 17 and 10, who enjoy relentlessly winding each other up in high-pitched voices. Jo writes the award-winning blog Slummy Single Mummy and likes to escape from real life with wine, biscuits and TV reruns of Miss Marple mysteries.

Playing to your strengths

Posted by Slummy single mummy
Slummy single mummy
Slummy single mummy has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012
“What would you say is your best talent?” Belle asked me a few months ago. “Singing, dancing or pastels?” She appeared to be compiling some sort of survey about me.

“Singing?” I suggested, hopefully.

She grimaced.

“Dancing then?” Her eyebrows shot up and her eyes widened.

“I’ll put you down for pastels…” she said.



This weekend though, even my creative skills were called into question. It’s Saturday, and we are spending a wholesome afternoon painting pottery. I am attempting to create a fearsome dragon with an aged bronze look, and Belle is painting a pair of ducks in a shade of pink not normally associated with wildfowl. My dragon isn’t doing so well. Every extra layer of mossy green I dab on just seems to bring him closer to death.

“It’s certainly eye-catching,” says Belle. “It will make people stop and think ‘I wonder what the artist was trying to do here?’”

“That’s true,” I say, looking sad. “You’d definitely notice it.”

“It’s not that bad,” she says, trying to sound positive. “I’d happily have it in my room.” She turns away and mutters quietly under her breath, “behind the bookcase.”

“Hmmm,” I say, dabbing on the few final, fatal splotches, “I’m not sure it’s wonderful exactly.”

Belle gives me one of those looks you give a child who has tried really hard at something, pats my arm and barely conceals a wicked smile as she offers words of comfort.

“Perhaps you’d better stick to pastels.”

For more from Jo Middleton go to www.slummysinglemummy.wordpress.com
0 votes
  • Print

Recent posts

10-year-old rage

“Fine,” my ten year old daughter Belle spits at me, “I’ll just starve then shall I? Will you be happy then?” I physically recoil; the venom in her voi...


Forgot your password?
Click to read our digital edition
Place-Classified-advert-336
TLR-advert-May2014-336

Boarders Dormitory Master-Mistress
We are looking to appoint a Dormitory Mistress/Master for 5 nights per week, weekday evenings and nights only, term time. (35 weeks). [...]

APPLY NOW


Housekeeper to Headmaster
We have an opportunity for an experienced live-out housekeeper. You will provide a cleaning and hospitality service for the Headmaster and his guests and help to ensure the household runs efficiently. [...]

APPLY NOW


Full Time Housekeeper, Nanny
We are looking for a full time, live-out housekeeper/nanny. We are a relaxed young couple living in a large country house, and will have one newborn baby. [...]

APPLY NOW


Experienced Carer, Companion, Housekeeper needed
Our elderly mother needs a live in carer/companion on a part time basis. Must be warm hearted, calm & compassionate, with a good sense of humour. [...]

APPLY NOW


Cook, Housekeeper wanted
Good cooking skills required to cater for light meals for the Principal and a small staff, as well as occasional lunch/dinner parties. [...]

APPLY NOW



MORE JOBS LIKE THESE
Lady-directory-button-NEW

Horoscopes

What the stars have in store for you this week.2017

Capricorn Aquarius Pisces Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer Leo Virgo Libra Scorpio Sagittarius

Sign up to receive our weekly newsletter