I got into a bit of trouble yesterday after the parents read my ‘Dear Mum and Dad’ post. Well not trouble exactly. My Mum thought that if it got things off my chest then fine, but my Dad decided to take it far too seriously which is strange really as normally it would be the other way round. It wasn’t meant as a joke really, but it wasn’t there to offend and it certainly wasn’t there as a means of complaining about the parents behind their backs (unlike the two of them this morning discussing me right outside my room when they thought I was sleeping). I know they follow via email so I would have to be pretty stupid to think they wouldn’t read it.
So, after getting up in a pretty bad mood I have some more points to add:
Dear Mum and Dad,
- Firstly, I would like to say that it is not my fault I am ill. In fact, it annoys me a lot more than it does you – think on that for a while.
- I love you
- Mum, you wouldn’t be my Mum if you didn’t get stressed occasionally or sulk when Dad and I tell you off for complaining that Dad is messing around when it was the little brother in the family who started it but gets away with it because of his ‘puppy-dog eyes’
- Dad, you wouldn’t be my Dad without your bad jokes, constant teasing and perfectionist ways
- You’ve always encouraged me in my endeavors, whether that is academic or otherwise
- Mum spends days with me shopping or crafting which I do appreciate
- You both work hard so we can go on yearly holidays
- Dad may roll his eyes but allows me to keep half-made bags and cushions in the sitting room
- Neither of you mind setting me free in the kitchen and creating a load of washing up
- All parents annoy their children and all children annoy their parents – it’s a fact of life
- In fact, considering the little brother and I get along and hardly ever fight you should feel lucky. When I think about other families we know, who bicker and don’t seem to spend a lot of time together, we are all rather close and this should never be taken for granted
(Do you feel better now?)