There is one mummy at school who annoys me a little. I am not the most tolerant person, as you might have noticed. But it always fascinates me why someone annoys me. Because, very often it takes literally minutes for me to feel irritated and days, if not weeks, to figure out why.
This particular mummy is quite pleasant, really. Everyone seems to like her. I would not say she was rude, or arrogant or anything at all that would justify me being annoyed.
So, I thought, it must be me. Maybe, I am just jealous of her flat stomach and the non-existent arse. I would never admit that was the reason, even to myself. But perhaps, it is?
And then, the days of the teacher’s consultations came.
The mummy in question met the teachers the day before me. Standing in the cold morning outside the school gate, she was sharing her experience.
'Ha-ha!' she said. 'It was amazing listening to the teacher describe my child. It was as if she was talking about me.Everything, every good thing and every bad thing...it is like looking at myself, you know?'
That was all pretty normal. I even started thinking she was quite okay, really.
And then, she said this.
'The teachers said that there were three girls in the class who were clearly natural born leaders. And I thought: of course! Ha-ha! Just like me!'
Everybody smiled and I almost jumped in joy. There it was! That’s why she annoys me!
My child is a natural leader, just like me.
I mean, how can anyone stand there with a straight face, smile smugly and announce that not only she believed she was a natural born leader, but also that her 4 year old child was clearly born to lead, too?
So I am satisfied now. I actually don’t even think she will annoy me any longer. Now, that I know what the problem was, I can relax and even enjoy her company. Because, it will never stop amusing me how some people can be so utterly, openly, indulgently in love with themselves.Am.Az.Ing.