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April 17, 2014 / ljbradburn-Smith

Playing Dead

Before you feel sorry for my ‘poor’ mother, in the following anecdote, you should know that she once recounted a story to a group of her acquaintances, which included the phrase “and you know when you pretend to be dead to the children…”. When she was met with stony surprise and disapproval she had to ring one of her other like-minded friends who assured her that she did the same thing and it was completely normal, restoring her faith in herself as a parent.

About 5 years ago, when our relationship was still only really a baby, this conversation took place between my PIC and I:

Me: Quick! When my Mum comes back into the room lets pretend to be dead.
Ben: Even better, let’s lie mangled at the bottom of the stairs!

That moment. Right there. Was the moment I knew we would be together forever.

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