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lakeofshiningwaters Wed 05-Sep-12 11:30:39

Not sure if this has been done before, but just thinking about a famous-in-our-family story when I was reading the baby names thread made me wonder what if mumsnet had been around when our grandparents were parents...

AIBU to be cross with my DH for giving ds2 a completely different name to the one we had chosen. I packed him off to register little one this morning calling baby Alan. He came home telling me 'This isn't Alan, I've picked a new name'. A name he'd found in a book someone left behind on the bus! Noone's going to be able to spell it either angry. Do I need some mumsnet perspective here, or AIB reasonable to want to string him up by his winkle tie?

PS Use of word winkle to stop Nana spinning in her grave. In RL she would've used a much much different one smile

KenLeeeeeee Wed 05-Sep-12 11:33:31

My nan would have had a similar AIBU re: baby names. She sent my Grandad off to register my mum's birth with their chosen name, and on the way he had an epiphany, picked an entirely different name that they'd never even discussed and came home all proud of himself for being so clever.

She would also have had many AIBUs about her neighbours and their caravan being parked in their drive which restricted her ability to curtain twitch and nose at everyone else in the street view.

OutragedAtThePriceOfFreddos Wed 05-Sep-12 11:36:21

My granny might have said AIBU to not scrub the front step or make DHs supper and packed lunch just because I gave birth to his sixth child last week?

Actually, she wouldn't have asked, she would have considered it unreasonable! She thinks we all have it far too easy nowadays!

CogitoErgoSometimes Wed 05-Sep-12 11:38:51

One of my grans would have probably asked .... "AIBU to have waved DH off to work this morning and expect him not to join the army on the way home?" Despite being in an exempted occupation (miner), he did that in 1939, was posted to the Far East and they didn't see him again for six years.... confused

TheSurgeonsMate Wed 05-Sep-12 11:39:27

Lakesnana - YANBU!

After my DH's funeral, I went to stay with his parents rather than returning home alone. Somehow, I never seem to have returned home! Now I'm living with them and looking after them. They are pretty demanding. They aren't keen on me seeing my own family. AIBU to climb out of a window after they have gone to bed and drive 5 miles down the coast to have some livelier company at my sister's home?

redwhiteandblueeyedsusan Wed 05-Sep-12 11:41:05

aibu to think that I should be able to vote at the same age as my brothers?

Ooh ooh ooh - I've got one from my great-grandma (who I never met, but this story is a legend in my family):

AIBU to make DS4 wear clothes with a girl's name embroidered on them?

During my last pregnancy I was convinced I was going to have a DD. (I have three DSs already so was looking forward to this.) So I made all the new baby-clothes in pretty girly colours and embroidered the name I was going to give my DD around the necklines.

Fast forward to the birth, and of course my DD is actually DS number 4. Unfortunately I only have girl clothes to dress him in and don't want to invest in a whole new wardrobe.

WIBU to dress my infant son in clothes with the name "Dorothy Grace"
prominently embroidered on the front? NB I made enough clothes to last him until he is at least two.

Thanks for your advice.

MardyBra Wed 05-Sep-12 11:43:20

It's not just AIBUs

Food: My rations are running low and I haven't got enough suet for a decent spotted dick. Any suggestions for pudding?

Style and Beauty: I heart American Tan tights.

Style and Beauty: They've got some lovely new winklepickers in Woollies.

MrsCarriePooter Wed 05-Sep-12 11:43:47

Granny: AIBU to dump DP and marry my cousin instead?

Grandma: AIBU to dump DP and marry my cousin instead?

TheSurgeonsMate Wed 05-Sep-12 11:44:25

Oh, Cogitosgran, I'm really torn on your one, I'm not surprised your grandchild is a bit confused!

MardyBra Wed 05-Sep-12 11:44:48

Books: Anyone read 50 Shades of Lady Chatterley yet?

TheCraicDealer Wed 05-Sep-12 11:44:49

“AIBU to think that my 7 year old DS should know better than to encourage his 6 year old brother to abseil down the side of our council house from a rope attached to the toilet’s u-bend?”

TunipTheVegemal Wed 05-Sep-12 11:45:01

AIBU to want my sister to give me back my baby who she adopted because I was unmarried and deserted by the father? I'm married now and my dh doesn't mind.

Poor Granny. sad

CogitoErgoSometimes Wed 05-Sep-12 11:46:16

Follow-up AIBU.... "DH joined the army & we haven't seen or heard of him for a few years. AIBU to think that, when he gets home and finds out we have four kids instead of three, he's not going to take it very well?"

AbsofAwesomeness Wed 05-Sep-12 11:47:41

"AIBU to dress my DCs in their school uniforms when we are on vacation - it makes for much better photos"

"AIBU to drink the gin and tonic, even though the tonic is essentially fizzy gin, as I mixed up the water and gin bottles" <-- true story

TheSurgeonsMate Wed 05-Sep-12 11:49:27

Cogitosgran! shock YANBU to be concerned!

WIBU to give my daughter to my mum to be raised as my sister, a la Kat and Zoe in Eastenders, even though she will find out in the end and never speak to me again. Oh, I'm an adult btw, not a teenager!

manicbmc Wed 05-Sep-12 11:50:15

That happened in our family too, Tunip.

My gran's would have been: Am I unreasonable to expect a widows' pension after my dh was killed down the pit? And am I unreasonable to be well vexed that if he'd died 4 hours later I would be entitled to it.

Grandad died on 31st of December 1939. A few hours later and she would have been entitled to a widows' pension. She didn't get that until the 70s and so worked 3 jobs to keep her and my dad in food and clothes.

Psammead Wed 05-Sep-12 11:51:17

AIBU to drink bleach after finding out that my appendectomy turned into a hysterectomy? Everyone seems to think I am making such a fuss.

PedanticPanda Wed 05-Sep-12 11:52:30

AIBU to want to see my granddaughter? My only son died and dil has taken his dd away and refuses to let me see her because she doesn't like me.

TroublesomeEx Wed 05-Sep-12 11:52:34

My grandma's AIBU would have been:

My fiancee is away with the navy on a minesweeper. After all, it is WW2. AIBU to go dancing with the lovely navy boys who come to the Island (Isle of Man). We never do anything, but my friend (whose fiancee is also away with the war) and I often meet up with the young navy men and go dancing and then for a walk along the seafront in Douglas.

When I was a child my grandma used to tell us loads of stories about the war. And made it sound like a hoot!

MardyBra Wed 05-Sep-12 11:52:59

Telly Addicts: It's time for the Generation Game thread.

MardyBra Wed 05-Sep-12 11:54:14

Travel: Top tips for a daytrip to Margate please. Where is the best bingo?

Moominsarescary Wed 05-Sep-12 11:54:22

My dads mum would probably have asked AIBU to go out in the snow looking for ds2s (my dad) false teeth that he lost when being sick in the street after too much beer

Katienana Wed 05-Sep-12 11:55:12

Aibu to think dh should have noticed registrar spelt ds first and surname wrong on birth certificate? This cannot be changed and ds goes by and will pass on a different name to the rest of the family!

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