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Wednesday, 26 September 2007

Silly me!

My lovely neighbour's son Alexi has been spending rather a lot of time in my home of late. I empathise with the boy, his mother was so traumatised by his recent GCSE failure but I am happy to provide the cub with a place to unwind and clear his head after a hard day at school.

Alexi has expressed great interest in my writing, and been begging me to allow him to read a draft of the book which I am currently working on. Melissa says that he should only be allowed to read his school texts in my home, but I must admit that I have been terribly flattered that a trendy young teenage chap should show interest in the musings of an average working mother like myself... It makes me feel good to think that I can tickle his sense of humour and gain the attention and respect of a young person.

This evening I was standing in my en-suite wet room, applying a spritz of Lime, Basil and Mandarin and powdering my nose before the munchkins' bath time. Alexi was pleading with me for access to my text from the doorway, when my darling husband James returned home uncharacteristically early from work.

"Haven't you got some Skelextric or something to play with?" He demanded of Alexi (rather rudely to my mind).

I was not very impressed, and chastised James for his rudeness later when we were alone. "Young boys like to adopt grown-ups other than their parents as role models," I insisted. "Haven't you read Raising Boys?"

"Silly Bea," he scoffed, "Alexi is sixteen, and the word 'sex' is in the title of your book. I dare say I have a good idea why he is so interested in it. I should like to read it myself..."

OHMYGOD! I really am terribly naive you know. It hadn't even occurred to me before... I really should keep young men away from the environs of my bedchamber in future.

11 comments:

Omega Mum said...

Did you see 'The Graduate' the other night?

Frog in the Field said...

Sounds like James has gone all pealous and jossessive on you, over a sixteen year old boy too. His grey shorts aren't school ones are they?
Poor chap, he does get them in a twist doesn't he?

Frog in the Field said...

ps. At least he noticed!!

dulwichmum said...

Dear Omega Mum,

I didn't, but I remember it well. Isn't it a hoot!

Oh Frog darling,

You are right! At least he noticed. He really did seem rather put out! it was rather refreshing.

DJ Kirkby said...

Oh please would you hurry up and finish that book! I am clearing my reading pile in eager anticipation...

Potty Mummy said...

I guess that's the problem with being such a yummy... Count yourself lucky dear Dulwich; unfortunately by the time my boys reach the age where their friends may be casting eager eyes around for older totty to admire, I will be well into my 50's. God. Now THAT's depressing...

lady macleod said...

Yes Mrs. Robinson....

debio said...

What is it with teenage boys and older women (not that I am saying you are an older woman, dm)?

I have a tale or two to tell on that score - perhaps the next post?
I'll give it some thought...

You have an award - come on over to view.

gaelikaa said...

It's flattering isn't it, the admiration of teenagers? I'll bet it was your personality that attracted him and NOT the title of your book. Enjoy the attention but to be on the safe side, I'd keep your book away from him!!!!

Nunhead Mum of One said...

Darling, please tell me you are not luring young boys away again.

Anonymous said...

You really need to grow up