I Is For ‘Me’

30 May


Washing dishes in 1983. Some things never change. Pity my waistline isn’t one of those things.

Continuing my occasional series of the A to Z of The Laughing Housewife, I have nothing for ‘I’. 

But I = Me, so…. 

Of course, the whole A to Z series is about me, so…. 

So what shall I write about?  I don’t know.

I know!  The things people have said to or about me.

Thanks for giving me time to work that out.


Best Introduction [from a friend’s daughter, spying me through the window after I had knocked on the front door]:  Tilly’s here, and she’s got great hair.

Best compliment: 

Sorry; I don’t listen to those.  I’m English, don’tcha know.

Best thing the Hub ever said to me: I couldn’t have picked a better mother for my children.

Worst thing the Hub ever said to me:


Don’t think bad of him; every marriage has its downturns.  Yes, I have to put up with him, but he has it really bad: he has to put up with me.

Besides, there are so many worst things, how do I choose just one?

Best unexpected compliment that managed to slip through [from a brother-in-law partial to his food, visiting from overseas, after weeks of takeaways, restaurants and visiting other rellies] That’s the best meal I’ve had in England so far.

Best thing my boys ever said to me: I love you.

Worst thing my boys ever said to me: Now can I have one of your Maltesers?

Best thing ever said to me by anyone, ever:  Congratulations on getting your degree.

I got my degree in my forties, with the Open University.  Six years of part-time study while busy with a family, a husband who is ill, volunteer work, and a serious Malteser addiction.  Excluding all the usual stuff like a happy marriage and great kids blah blah blah, I consider it my greatest personal achievement. 

Oh Happy Day!

 I can’t think of any more.  I = Me = Egocentric.  I’m so wrapped up in myself, I never listen to anyone else.  I know they think I’m great; I don’t need to hear them say it.  In fact, people respect my position on this issue so much, they never do say it.  How kind!



43 Responses to “I Is For ‘Me’”

  1. Helen Cherry May 30, 2012 at 10:23 #

    You haven’t changed a bit Tilly ( well maybe a teesy weensy bit!).. I did OU stuff too and hat’s off to you I know it aint easy..


    • Tilly Bud May 30, 2012 at 10:26 #

      Oh well done! What did you do?


      • Helen Cherry May 30, 2012 at 10:31 #

        I did a Diploma in Health and Social Welfare and then went on to do my Social Worker qualification ( not with the OU though – I was seconded from work) What did you do Tilly?


        • Tilly Bud May 30, 2012 at 10:54 #

          Tough work! I am full of admiration.

          A Literature degree. I loved it.


          • Helen Cherry May 30, 2012 at 11:11 #

            It feels great when you achieve something where you have to self motivate doesn’t it 🙂


  2. speccy May 30, 2012 at 10:31 #

    well done, Tilly, on all your achievements.


  3. bluebee May 30, 2012 at 10:43 #

    You’re an awesome gal, Tilly, and these are wonderful photos of you. Don’t listen – I don’t care – you English are an eccentric lot 😉


  4. jmgoyder May 30, 2012 at 11:18 #

    Adorable photo!


  5. vivinfrance May 30, 2012 at 12:01 #

    It all goes without saying…..:-D


  6. laurieanichols May 30, 2012 at 12:55 #

    Congratulations on your university degree. What many people out there fail to realize is how much harder it is to continue your education whilst dealing with hubby and children. They are very accustomed to being first, that homework, reading and papers often don’t carry the same weight for them as it does for you. Your family picture is lovely and the family are very proud of you, you can see it in their faces. I wonder what you were thinking about when you were doing the dishes in the first picture. The expression on your face is priceless.


    • Tilly Bud May 30, 2012 at 15:00 #

      Probably sulking because I had to wash them in the first place 🙂


  7. adinparadise May 30, 2012 at 13:39 #

    I’m suitable impressed, especially about the “great hair.” I’d go for that over all the other compliments. 😉


  8. viveka May 30, 2012 at 14:38 #

    Congratulations to you degree … to your stunning family and aren’t we happy to have you around in our life’s .. so congratulations to us too.


  9. terry1954 May 30, 2012 at 14:48 #

    very very good!!!!


  10. Janie Jones May 30, 2012 at 15:21 #

    Tilly Bud, you are my hero. Now can I have a Malteser?


    • Tilly Bud May 30, 2012 at 15:35 #

      No compliment = No Maltesers.

      One compliment = Definitely no Maltesers.


  11. gigihawaii May 30, 2012 at 16:49 #

    Getting your degree in your 40s: wow! Congratulations.


  12. SchmidleysScribbling May 30, 2012 at 16:50 #

    You look so good. Graduation obviously suited you. You look like a mature Michelle Pffeifer. D.


    • Tilly Bud May 30, 2012 at 17:09 #


      I think – MP is older than me 😉


  13. Pseu May 30, 2012 at 17:46 #

    I don’t have a degree (nursing wasn’t a degree subject in oxford when I trained…. it was vocational type training), but my brother has one from OU….. took him an extended time (17 years- as they had four kids and he put it on hold when they were younger) – and he achieved last year! So I fully understand the input it takes… impressive.


  14. grannymar May 30, 2012 at 20:47 #

    congratulations and well done, Tilly. It is not easy with all the other calls on your day and life. I am impressed.


  15. restlessjo May 30, 2012 at 22:08 #

    You look so cross! Housework has that effect on me too.
    Come on Tilly- dig out a wedding photo for me. Pretty please!


  16. kateshrewsday May 30, 2012 at 22:36 #

    Gorgeous picture of you at the bottom, Tilly, I just love it 🙂


  17. Perfecting Motherhood May 31, 2012 at 05:07 #

    I love this post! Getting your degree after you’ve embarked on marriage and motherhood is quite an accomplishment. I can see your whole family beaming with pride on that picture.


    • Tilly Bud May 31, 2012 at 10:39 #

      My brother – taking the picture – probably said something funny. He’s hilarious.


  18. eof737 May 31, 2012 at 20:32 #

    You are beautiful… Still 😉


  19. Viciously Sweet May 31, 2012 at 23:17 #

    Loved the post!
    I adore U!


  20. Paula June 3, 2012 at 11:56 #

    Such a pretty thing, but you have a fierce look in your eyes… they must have been bringing on more dishes?!


    • Tilly Bud June 4, 2012 at 08:18 #

      They wouldn’t dare!


      • Paula June 4, 2012 at 08:36 #

        LOL … I enjoy your posts Tilly, you can revoke my privilegies, I am not afraid to admit to it 😉


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