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17 December 2010
"Received a lovely card from Janet and Roy today," reported GoodKingSlubbers. Just one problem. "We don't know any Janet or Roys, let alone a Janet and Roy combo. It was definitely to us. Janet (I assume it was Janet) also asked how the new arrival was. DD2 was five in July. Am mightily perplexed."
"Whilst we're at it," added PixieOnALeaf, "who are Michael, Pippa, Felicity and Nina? Seriously, none of us know who they are. They send us their warmest regards at Christmastime, though." Catchthewind got one last year from Jenny and family: "Not a clue who she was. It had my name and address on the envelope, though. And her mobile number inside the card – which I didn't call, because what do you say? 'Hi Jenny! It's me! Who the hell are you?'" (Except she didn't say "hell", truth fans).
Abandoning all hope of identifying the real Janet and Roy, Lexilicious then came up with this magnificent wheeze Wot We MUST Do: "Can we start a Mumsnet mystery relative swop shop? PM another MNer, get a random Janet and Roy address from their family, and for ever more send them a Christmas card with a tantalising bit of your news. They will be bamboozled. Who wants my PILs?"
"Woo hoo. I have received the most w***tastic round robin!" squealed PonceyMcPonce. "It is ultimate! It contains: triathlons, skiing, mountain climbing, ballet, pets, smallholding, surfing. It was even delivered by email - not because they are hard up but because they are greener than the likes of us. I feel I may have had my Christmas climax a bit early!"
"I've never had a round robin. Might send one myself," said UnpureAsTheDrivenSHOW. "DD's taller, costs a lot. DH has a receding hairline and the stain on the passenger seat is still there. Would that work?" "I've just done mine," reported Hullygully, possibly not ^entirely^ seriously. "I thought they were de rigueur now? I emailed it, too, with photos and a couple of video clips of our two most exotic trips this year. AND one of DD show-jumping with a minor royal. Oh dear. Will there be envy? I thought people liked to share each other's triumphs and joys."
30andMerkin, however, was embarrassed to disclose: "Oh jaysus. I wrote mine last night. In my defence, it is fairly tongue in cheek and its sole purpose is to demonstrate to my family - who never leave a five-mile radius from where they were born - that I actually have a life and am quite busy, and therefore will not make a 250-mile round trip every weekend to listen to my uncle talk about his weird medical neuroses. It contains three or four things from Poncey's list. Should I send it, or burn it?"
Ignoring all entreaties by the assembled MNers to publish and be damned, 30andM bid us a fond farewell: "Have just re-read it. It has some amusing pet-related anecdotes. And a self-deprecating paragraph on some of the nice things that happened to us this year. And a hilarious tale from our foreign holiday. Am off to do myself a mischief with a paring knife, and thereby save myself from the shame. Nice knowing you all."
"DH doesn't believe two-month-old said 'Mama' to me," complained zapostrophe, "but she did. And I'm not being PFB as she's DC3." "One of mine said 'potato' quite clearly at roughly the same age," sympathised catinthehat2. "I cannot tell you how freaked out I was."
BrandyButterPie's DD1 "said 'Obama' on the morning after he was elected. She did then point to a banana, but still!", while MissMarjoribanks' precocious six-month-old "clearly said the word 'geek' in a gaming shop. He was surrounded by them at the time".
Tethersjinglebellend's contribution, however, put all other babes in the shade: "At nine days old, DD said that people actually make decisions based on the meaning to them, rather than rationally, and that the rejection of reason as the source of meaning is a common theme of existentialist thought, as is the focus on the feelings of anxiety and dread that we feel in the face of our own radical freedom and our awareness of death. Which was a surprise to all of us. Not least her dad, who has always advocated rationality as a means to interact with the objective world (eg in the natural sciences) but, when it comes to existential problems, maintains that reason is insufficient, as human reason has boundaries. How we laugh about it now."
<snort> Typical PFB.
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