Marshmallow mum sticks to safe
Feedback awesome, just trying not to offend anyone
My mother asked me a while ago when I was going to tackle something more ‘meaty’ in my columns. I laughed and told her that you can’t do ‘meat’ in 250 words. But that’s not true, it’s not that hard to pick a controversial subject and be opinionated. The truth is I’m just not a ‘meaty’ person. Well, I amto look at, but inside I’m more marshmallow. That’s right, I’m soft. I’m a people pleaser, I want to be liked. I hate to upset anyone and I don’t do confrontation! When I started writing this monthly column I had visions of Carrie in Sex and the City and how fulfilling it would be to talk about my life and life around me. Ha! It’s actually super frustrating trying to find a ‘safe’ topic. There are people who know the teenager who is driving me up the wall, workmates who laugh at the husband I love to dig at and fellow community members who can easily track me down with the proverbial pitchfork over a bad comment I might make. I amnot a sexy, upbeat blonde, anonymous in the crowds of Manhattan. I ama rotund mother of three in small town Alexandra. People know who I am! I often find myself taking about what I write with locals, and I actually quite like it. Feedback is awesome; I just don’t want to offend anyone. Yes, I know I need to get over myself, I can’t always please everyone. Maybe next time I might write less ‘marshmallow’ and more ‘meat’. ● Suzie Sykes , marshmallow mother with advertising space still available.