Secret Step Mummy has written a wonderful post – Warning! Warning! 24 hours to Mumsnet Blogfest! – on her first jaunt to blogfest this weekend and the words
“I am not a mother I am a stepmother so am I going to be allowed in?”
knocked me for six! Bang on the money!
This is how I feel around every single one of my friends with children whenever I open my mouth to offer an anecdote about Whirling Dervish, opinion and even sometimes, advice.
I fear, totally irrationally, that they will turn and point hooked fingers at me and drive me from the village!
“You have not struggled to conceive” “You did not give birth” “You do not have a traumatic birth story” “You have no stitches” “You have no sore nipples” “You did not baby wear” “You have no school allocation woes”…..
You have not, you did not, you will not, you ARE not.
I am invalid. Continue reading