Marsh­mal­low mum sticks to safe

Feed­back awe­some, just try­ing not to of­fend any­one

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS -

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.

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