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  1. YFor a long time I was very open and truthful about my thoughts and feelings around others, friends and strangers alike. When I noticed their responses, I realized that maybe I was oversharing to an audience who was not ready for such open honesty. It made me a bit sad that around other women who weren’t ready to lift their veil of perfection that I was being judged for admitting openly that I was just human. I had hoped for more support from other women, as I would support them. Your honesty is refreshing and welcome. Thank you for being so real, Alison.

  2. YFor a long time I was very open and truthful about my thoughts and feelings around others, friends and strangers alike. When I noticed their responses, I realized that maybe I was oversharing to an audience who was not ready for such open honesty. It made me a bit sad that around other women who weren’t ready to lift their veil of perfection that I was being judged for admitting openly that I was just human. I had hoped for more support from other women, as I would support them. Your honesty is refreshing and welcome. Thank you for being so real, Alison.

  3. Frankly, I can’t believe that any mother at any point in history never felt as you did regarding the chatter of children. It’s only human IMO.

  4. And this is why, after all these years, I still adore you so. There are so many more of us who aren’t “normal” than there are of those who are sad because they force themselves into a box. My family has a happier mom/wife because I don’t iron at night but instead sit and watch trashy tv with them. I have finally learned after such a very long time that I’d rather be alone the majority of the time than have to try and compete and fight for some semblance of friendship with women who can’t accept me as I am. You’re our “abnormal” ring leader my dear but you do not walk alone.

  5. As I get older I have less and less tolerance for people who are not “true”. As in, why should I spend time with someone i cannot open up to? I totally get it…
    🙂
    btw For someone so constantly mindful of her feelings, thoughts etc, as you, a dose of trash is useful in order to not explode! No shame in it!

  6. I’m Anna.
    I watch telly.
    I eat cake.
    I don’t iron.
    I love my boys to bits but my goodness the 8 yo can talk about buses. And I really can’t tolerate football talk at breakfast when I’m trying to get myself and 4 kids ready and out of the house.
    I wonder if being less tolerant of other people’s nonsense is the definition of getting older.

  7. My oldest son can go on and on about video games and such. DRIVES me BoNkErS! It’s like he has no life of his own and must talk about all the things “he did” on his video game. Like it’s real. I tell him all the time to turn it off and live his own life. Wonder if he will ever do just that?!
    And as for women being real with each other, my nephew’s wife always talks about how her mother in law (my sister) always has a home cooked meal on the table. I can tell she doesn’t feel confident and that her own mother never taught her how to cook. So I have assured my niece that my sister didn’t know how to cook when they first got married and that my brother in law did all the cooking because he didn’t like her cooking. LOL I also told her that truthfully my sister uses a lot of canned and frozen foods to make her “masterpieces” so they aren’t truly “from scratch”. I wish my sister wouldn’t try to put on this perfect persona and try teaching her daughter-in-law how to put together a few meals. As it is, I guess I will do just that. Maybe she will get jealous and decide to do her duty to her daughter-in-law.

    1. CynthiaJo my eldest does that too! He talks about his bus and his flat in San Francisco (we live in Norfolk!) and where he’s been driving his truck. His teacher said his geography is amazing, I was too embarrassed to tell him why! He says he’ll live his own life when he’s a bus driver for real :s

  8. I am a young 71, I laugh, drink wine and make fun of women you described here. Boring. Be you! a great, smart women!

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