Imitating Motherhood / Parenting

escargot

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t'other day I met a young woman on a busy train station. She was pushing a pram with an elaborately-decorated blanket which I admired. She said she'd made it herself and I was impressed. Leaned in to look at her baby, who was fast asleep in her matching fancy little bonnet, and the mother said 'She's not real!'

She explained that she has severe anxiety and also some mobility problems due to an issue with her joints. Her doctor had told her she needed to get out more but would require a walking aid of some kind; a frame, crutches, or... a sturdy pram. He'd advised getting a doll to put in it.

So she'd bought the pram and a 'Reborn' doll and kitted it all out and could now go where she liked.

I watched her approach the train and saw a female passenger spot her, jump out of her seat and run to the train door to help load the pram.

What a canny doctor that was: he knew people instinctively feel protective of mothers with babies and she'd be safe.

I hope I see her again, as I bet she has other home-made pram sets to show off.
 

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t'other day I met a young woman on a busy train station. She was pushing a pram with an elaborately-decorated blanket which I admired. She said she'd made it herself and I was impressed. Leaned in to look at her baby, who was fast asleep in her matching fancy little bonnet, and the mother said 'She's not real!'

She explained that she has severe anxiety and also some mobility problems due to an issue with her joints. Her doctor had told her she needed to get out more but would require a walking aid of some kind; a frame, crutches, or... a sturdy pram. He'd advised getting a doll to put in it.

So she'd bought the pram and a 'Reborn' doll and kitted it all out and could now go where she liked.

I watched her approach the train and saw a female passenger spot her, jump out of her seat and run to the train door to help load the pram.

What a canny doctor that was: he knew people instinctively feel protective of mothers with babies and she'd be safe.

I hope I see her again, as I bet she has other home-made pram sets to show off.
I can totally 'get' this - when visiting any large-ish shop I'll always get a trolley to walk with, much stabler and easier than managing a stick and a basket. I agree with you about the perceptive doctor, and anything that encourages mobilising, socialising and creative skills has to be a good thing!
 

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A pram tale.

In my house we have been storing a new pram for one of our nieces.(we have more room).

Anyway, she has had the baby and wife said we would take the pram to her place.

Now, as it is only about two hundred yards from where we live. I suggested we just walk it there.

'No way am I pushing a pram without a baby in it'

This response rather surprised me.

Is it some kind of bad-luck thing ?

Anyway, we had to bundle it into the car and drive there.

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People tend to assume there's a new baby in the family? dunno.

Why didn't you push it there?
I would have done, but as we were both going to visit, and she would not consider walking (aka 'lazy') it was just as easy to comply.
 

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This. Plus why didn't you just ask her why she didn't want to push it? :bored:
Talking with my wife is like playing chess.

I need to be half a dozen moves ahead in the conversation to even stand a chance. I never ask anything; Just respond.
 

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Maybe t'Missis worried that people would look into the the pram expecting to see a baby and find nothing there and she'd feel embarrassed?

I'd push an empty pram. If anyone stopped me and looked for the baby I'd say 'Dammit, he was here a minute ago!'
 

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Basically it was just laziness.

After all, it was nearly two hundred yards, and had an up hill section of nearly 20 yard.

That alone justifies oxygen and a full team of Sherpa.

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Maybe t'Missis worried that people would look into the the pram expecting to see a baby and find nothing there and she'd feel embarrassed?
Yes, especially being I assume, a lady of mature years. She might think that being seen pushing an empty pram might make her look a bit crazy.
 
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