I think that real Mums try somehow to get out of being a Mum at least once! This was the conversation that happened between myself and Zoe who was nearly 4 at the time. I cannot remember what happened that led my daughter to utter these words:
Zoe: You are the meanest Mother in the world!! (And it wasn't the time I divided the recorder the two girls were fighting over in two!!!)
Me: Really? Would you like a new one?
Me: Fine, grab your coat and we will go to the Tram station (30metres from our apartment in Switzerland) and we will go and look for a New Mum for you.
Me: What about this lady walking towards us?
Zoe: Ummm No.
Me: Oh look the Tram must have just been. Let's go back inside and wait 10 minutes and then there will be more people at the Tram station and surely we can find you a new Mum.
10 minutes pass
Me: Come on Zoe, let's get our coats on and go out and find you a new Mum.
Lots of people are there.
Me: What about the lady in the black coat?
Zoe: I don't think so.
Me: Are there any people here you would like as a Mum?
Me: I know, we will go into the City on Saturday because there will be loads of people and I am sure we will find you a new Mum.
Me: We will take Daddy too and maybe he can help you find a new Mum.
Zoe: Yeah that will be good.
Of course on Saturday Zoe had her Dad asking if she wanted every blonde 20 year old we saw to be her new Mum and I was asking her about the sour faced women I saw!!
After a while I said "So Zoe do you think you might be happy to keep me as your Mum?"
Zoe: Yes I am sure!
Me: Well I really want to be your Mum!