I Assumed My Mum Was Pretty Normal Until My Cousin Told Me Otherwise

She was right and wrong at the same time — despite one disability my mum was an impressive Super- Human!

Maria Rattray
E³ — Entertain Enlighten Empower

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Photo of a mother and child enjoying the good times
Photo of a mother and child enjoying the good times. Photo by Arno Senoner on Unsplash

These are the only words I’ve kept in my mind, all these years … ‘Well your mum’s a limpy, limpy long legs.’

Said by my cousin.

I was maybe eight years old at the time, but I still remember, and though I had no idea still about the meaning of her words, I knew it was designed to hurt.

‘Yep! Limpy, limpy’, and off she went home, swinging her right leg out as she went.

Bridie wasn’t the sharpest tool in the toolbox, but she knew how to stick the knife in.

Of course, I went crying to my mother, spilling the words out in hysterical fits.

Now Scottish mothers tended not to be demonstrative, but I clearly remember Mum putting her arm around me and quietly saying, ‘We’re better than that. Don’t worry.’

“But what did she mean?” I blubbered.

“She meant to hurt you.”

“But she was talking about YOU.”

“It’s how people play hurtful games. They say nasty things about their families, this time it was about me.”

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Maria Rattray
E³ — Entertain Enlighten Empower

Writer, author, teacher, fun-loving poet. Trying valiantly to make the world a better place. Helping you to guide the future. Find me at: https://ponmyword.com