Around the world in 80 clicks.

by frogpondsrock on April 15, 2009

in Family,fauna and flora,friendship,Fun

Oh look, it is a meme, yippee.

I have been tagged by two Mom’s who blog. Ree the hotfessional and Hyphen-Mama.

This meme was started by Catherine,Her Bad Mother and David from It’s not a Lecture who wanted to see if they could go around the world in 80 clicks. So the rules include linking to them(done that) and nipping over to their blogs and leaving a comment that you have done the meme, so that they can follow the clicks(about to do that right now) around the world.

So here we are on a small island underneath Australia talking about 5 things I love about being a Mother, Hmm…

For me, being a Mum is all about the Five A’s

Art, Accidents, Acceptance, Avoidance and my special favourite Amnesia..

Lets start with the Amnesia shall we?

I suffer from child induced Amnesia. I was slowly recovering from this common form of Amnesia when I became pregnant with my second child.  Sadly, once my pregnancy was confirmed, all hope of normal brain function returning flew right out the window.

My memory shrank in direct proportion to the growth of the child in my belly. Examples of this sometimes very useful form of Amnesia still pop up with alarming regularity in my life today.

I am generally reminded how useful this Amnesia can be, by one of my offspring  managing to bring a conversation around to a point where they say, “Mum, remember that you said that I could have a pet snake/pony/dye my hair green/live in France for a year/pierce my eyebrow/bellybutton/nose.

I will graciously agree, that why yes I do recall agreeing to buy you a swimming pool/ant farm/lasergun/popcornmaker/fake lifesize dinosaur bone. And that the very next time we go into town we will have a look for these essential items.

This is where the children used to wander off, secure in the knowledge that I would cater to their every outrageous demand and my amnesia would kick in within a few minutes and everyone was happy.

Art: Look at this little gem..


Accidents: Life is full of accidents. My two favourite accidents are now  20 years old and nearly 15.

Acceptance: I learned very quickly to accept that I was turning into my Mother. Phrases that as a child, I vehemently swore I would never, ever ever, say to my children were suddenly tumbling from my lips, much to the annoyance of my own offspring,  I constantly spouted familiar phrases such as…

” Because I said so”,


“Because I am the Mother, thats why”

and the perennial favourite,

“The wind will change and you will be stuck like that forever.”

Avoidance: please refer back to Amnesia..

There you go my lovelies, the Five A’s of Motherhood. Now I get to Tag some other Mothers who will then tag some more Mothers and off we go Around the world in eighty clicks. YAY

I tag:

Barbara in Britain who has two small children and a lovely wry sense of humour.

Jientje from the aptly named Heaven is in Belgium

Mrs C from America who has six children and writes with honesty and humour.


Mrs. C April 15, 2009 at 11:10 am

Hey, thanks for tagging me! I love the pic David made of you at the pottery wheel! So you. :]

Mrs. Cs last blog post..Woodjie’s PECS Book.

David Wescott April 15, 2009 at 11:41 am

This is outstanding – thanks so much!

David Wescotts last blog post..The World According To Mom: Update 4

Taz April 15, 2009 at 1:30 pm


Ree April 15, 2009 at 2:11 pm

Here’s another A. Awesome!

Rees last blog post..But Seriously?

Barbara April 15, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Eeek, not sure i can live up to this but I’ll give it a go! Thank you so much for tagging me.

Barbaras last blog post..104/365 – Fairy Girls

Dughallmor Beagles April 15, 2009 at 5:43 pm

Brilliant! I love Amnesia ;o)

Dughallmor Beagless last blog post..(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Fresh Meat & Veg

river April 15, 2009 at 5:51 pm

I love your answers. I’ve found that I’m turning into my mother too. Isn’t it amazing how “Because I said so” is so universal and covers almost every ‘why?”

Jientje April 15, 2009 at 7:03 pm

I wish I had your sense of humour!!! But okay, I’ll give it a go!! I love to travel around the world, so … !

Jientjes last blog post..Melli’s ABC Challenge, Y and Z

Hyphen Mama April 16, 2009 at 1:35 am

Before I read any other comments and it breaks my concentration:

-I LOVE the 5 A’s. I am going to note them and use them and never EVER feel guilty. (many of them are already in use, but I must hone my skilz)
-The picture of you by David: He did a LOVELY job getting your root chakra just right! It appears to be a very healthy root chakra. =)

Hyphen Mamas last blog post..In the land of Google… you’re never alone

Jayne April 16, 2009 at 9:36 am

Love it!
Baby-induced amnesia I refer to as “C.R.A.F.T”
Can’t Remember A F***ing Thing :P

Jaynes last blog post..Knowing me, knowing trivial bugger all after midnight….

Psyche April 16, 2009 at 1:39 pm

I’m playing the 80 clicks game too, and I linked you on my blog. I’d really appreciate a reciprocal link. Thanks!

Barbara April 21, 2009 at 5:53 am

All done. Phew!

Barbaras last blog post..A Brief Aside #14 – Around the World in 80 Clicks

Vania B. April 22, 2009 at 1:42 am

You’re right: “Because I said so” is a mother’s phrase in all the world! Here in Bolivia we use the same “Por que yo lo digo!” and the discussion is over.

Greetings from the heart of South America.


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