Mother knows best. It’s the principle 🌹


Elsie had an answer for everything.
Elsie had an answer for everything.


Todays telephone conversation with my mother.

You know I ordered that wire scoop thing, for scooping things out of pans

Me:  Yes, from Amazon

Mum:  Yes, I ordered it on the 28 February, it still hasn’t come so I looked online and it says it’s out of stock. Due to be delivered next week.

Me:  That’s strange they usually tell you when you order if it’s in stock or not

Mum:  Hmm well I sent them an email telling them not to bother sending it and do you know what the cheeky beggar replied

Me:   You’re too late to cancel you order!

Mum:   Yes, how do you know that?

Me:   Once it’s gone through the process you can’t cancel it, but you can refuse delivery.

Mum:   That’s what they said and that is what I am going to do.

Me:   How much was it?

Mum:  £1.81

Me:  You’re having a laugh, £1.81

Mum: Yes, and the email said, can’t I give it to someone else as a present !

Me:    Mother for £1.81 you can give it to me

Mum:   I will not it is the principle

ME:   So, you’re going to refuse it and then wait for your £1.81 to show back in your bank account.

Mum:   I am, and the Amazon delivery man tends to put any parcels inside my porch window, so I have shut it. So he will get a shock.

Me: What!

Mum: I have shut the window so he can’t push it through. He shouldn’t do that anyway, last time he damaged some carnations I had in pots.

Me:    Mum, just keep it I will buy it off you.

Mum:  No, It’s the principle

Me: So you’re causing all this controversy over an item costing £1.81

Mum:  It’s the principle. Anyway, I will get off the rugby has started again, I was only passing time ringing you at half time.  Goodbye.


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  1. This is great! I always wonder when people use their interactions with family for others’ amusement, does your mum know about this and enjoy being a comedian, or is it your little secret? (I promise, I won’t tell!)

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  2. Maybe your mum needs to understand that she should not sweat the small stuff. Here is an excerpt I came across years ago.

    A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

    The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

    The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’

    The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed..

    ‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things—your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else—the small stuff.

    ‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

    If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

    Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

    Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

    Take care of the golf balls first—the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

    One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.

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    1. To be honest Nigel I think it gives her something to do 😊 she is amazing on her laptop, she changes her gas and electric suppliers regularly. Orders lots of things online, then they go back.

      She misses my dad 🙂 If she was more able bodied she would be out and about more which would fill her time.


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