Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Books and Boys

“Mum aren’t you glad I’m into books rather than games consoles like other children?” 

This was the line the pre-teen used to lure me into the book shop yesterday, not that I need much luring.  One thing that I can be sure of is that my daughter inherited her love of books from me.  We used to spend hours on end looking at the latest books to come in store deciding which ones to buy that day and which ones to come back for later.  However having been given a kobo for her birthday the trip to the bookshop has become more of a pre-shop, she looks around to see what’s new then goes home and purchases it for the kobo.  I must say I’m much more old fashioned and love the feel of a book in my hands and being able to turn real pages but I can understand the appeal of this new technology, books cause far too much clutter in my house!

I picked up a book called Teenagers Explained by Megan Lovegrove and Louise Bedwell, I flicked through and for a moment and considered buying it until the pre-teen walked over and said mum you really don’t need that book…  

I wonder if she thinks I understand her or whether this book really holds the secrets to unlocking what’s going on in their heads.  I think I’ll buy it and hide it so she doesn’t know I don’t have a clue what’s going on in her head half the time.  She had downloaded some pictures from her bb onto my laptop and whilst looking through them I came across one of a boy!!!  Shock!!! Horror!!!  All manner of feelings ran through me.  Only when I pulled it up for a closer look I discovered it was her cousin.  The shame, I really must learn to be more trusting.

I know that she’s got to grow up but please God, let her take her time.


  1. I wish they weren't in such a hurry to grow up. My eldest is ok at the moment because he's so obsessed with football (great distraction as it turns out!) But I know I'm not that far from the edge of the pre-teen minefield! x

  2. hmmm perhaps I need some greater distractions, although I was pleased when she told me her friends refer to her as the granny of the group being that she is much less likely to be in the mix of trouble :)