Me to my son: ‘Walter, would you like some more tea?
……Walter, it’s such a pity you don’t pay attention to what I am saying, you are just always playing with that monster game..”
Walter (10) (playing with the monster game):
‘No, it’s not at all true, it wasn’t me who went into the living room with dirty shoes!!!!’
My husband (upset to our son for something):
‘Walter, I cannot believe it, I have told you 1000 times not to do that!! You’re just like mom!!’
Me: ‘??Pardon, what have I done this time?’
My husband (excusing himself in a peacemaker tone):
‘Oh, sorry, you haven’t done anything wrong, of course.
I just wanted to tell him something insulting.’
We teach our children not to run immediately opening the door whenever somebody rings the bell, but always ask first who is standing at the door.
At one occasion:
Our son (10): ‘Who is it?’
My husband: ‘Papa.’
Son: ‘Papa who?’
Rules are rules.
This morning, getting the bikes ready for leaving to school:
Me: ‘Yikes, Walter, how can your bike be so filthy? All the dirt got on my hands..’
My son (10): ‘So basically you say it is clean now..’
Our son (10): ‘Mama, you know I like you.
I like Lili, too.
At this time I cannot for sure tell if I like you or Lili more, since I have already had the opportunity to talk to you a lot more than to Lili – her personality I don’t yet know so much. But I will watch her and return with the final results in a few days.’
Lili is our water turtle.
My daughter (14) preparing for school start tomorrow, in an upset tone:
I May Destroy You
by Michaela Coel
Breakfast with the family.
Suddenly grandma starts to heavily cough.
When it’s more or less over, she whispers with tears in her eyes:
“I just wanted to quickly tell something to the children..”
My husband (in a helpful tone):
‘Most probably that “Children, don’t talk while you are eating or else you will heavily cough”..’
Me: ‘Let’s go into the city centre to buy some present to 2 of Walter’s classmates, 2 girls, for their birthday party tomorrow.’
My husband (with a worried look): ‘Ohno, no way, not to the centre! Lots of people, difficult to move, I hate it! Let’s buy something outside the city centre e.g. on our way now, there is a shop over there!!’
Me: ‘Darling, that’s a fuel station.’
He: ‘I know! How great! We can buy them fuel vouchers!’
Me: ‘They are 10 years old.’
He: ‘Yes, but you cannot imagine how fast they are growing!! They have birthdays even now, they will soon drive a car!’
In a restaurant. We have just finished. I step to the cash desk.
WAITER: ‘Would you like to pay?’
Me: ‘Not really, but currently I am not exactly dressed to run away..’
He: ‘Indeed, it could be difficult on high heels. Well – next time maybe..’
Me: ‘Thank you for your sympathy. Bye.’
Me, to my 10-yr old son this morning, passionately:
‘Walter, I love you as much as people love salt!!’
Walter: ‘Salt? Well, I don’t know. As for me, rather basil.. maybe rosemary..’
Me: ‘Walter, this is an expression from a tale. It’s not my ambition to launch a cooking program.’
Walter: ‘Oh I see.. pardon.’
Me (towards my 10-yr-old son after having arrived from whole day camp):
‘OMG, Walter, what kind of food is there on your t-shirt??’
‘Mama, don’t get disappointed, it’s not that bad.. if it wasn’t for that 10 points between us I would be leading only by 3..’
My son (10) doing his best to cheer me up during our table tennis match leading 17-4.
Me (to my daughter): ‘Noëmi, what are you doing?’
My TikTok account has just been deactivated- they claim I am too young to be a user.
What in fact happened was that when giving my birth date I must have clicked on the wrong year, according to which I was born last year.
I have contacted TikTok informing them I am presumably older than their Client Service colleagues altogether.
In the meanwhile my husband has quickly offered to happily witness to any company or individual that I am indeed awfully old, from which he voluntarily deleted the ‘happily’ part by the end of our conversation.
We have bought new garden furniture.
My husband (watching a sports channel with some old program remembering previous Olympic Games) :
‘How great to see that gender equality reached such a stage in sports even in the 1980s that male and female weightlifters could participate in the same competition!!’
‘Darling, they are all women..’
Our son (10) after a lux 2-week holidays at Mallorca, just arriving home:
‘I am very lucky to live in a country where tap water is suitable for drinking.’
.. or maybe a short one: just shoot a short video for my goddaughter who is a TikTok fan.
(‘Shoot’ a video – ha ha)
On our vacation we’ve just found a military basis.
Just arrived at our new destination in Mallorca: a residential villa area 100 from the sea.
Welcoming board at the gate.
Wasn’t aware safari was included in the price..
Our son (10): ‘Papa, papa, Cease Fire!!!’
The ultimate evidence that history lessons at primary school do provide children with useful knowledge.
My first ever TikTok video to my small goddaughter.
More to come!!!
The liquid I call ‘coffee’, something which has little to do with, and which I consume for its colour and my love for the taste of milk.
..And it’s her who calls me ‘Sunshine’
I’ve fixed myself a cocoa on the island. Now it’s all good.
Aphrodite as seen by Jordaens (Rubenshuis, Antwerp).
Ladies, no reason to panic.
In Belgium during these Covid times we have special measures introduced, just like most other countries.
One of the new rules is that when visiting a cafe, restaurant etc, we need to leave our name and phone number – in case later there is an illness reported, it helps traceability, so we, clients, can be properly warned/informed.
I visited an ice cream salon during the weekend. Not to stay & eat it there of course, just pick up and leave quick.
So I am approaching the salon carefully in a mouth mask… ordering the ice cream in 10 seconds.. pay contactless.. then I move to the last step to give my contact details.
This particular ice cream salon chose to collect data in an open list.
Now you might wonder – once I work in the data protection business – if I made a remark on the fact that I can see all clients’ personal data before me so it’s not completely following requirements of GDPR… but it was the least of my concern this time.
In the spirit of client health & safety, all customers indeed need to register their personal data — using the same pen.
Me to my 10-yr old son: How was tennis camp today?
It’s me who cooks dinner tonight!!