Harry did it again with the label maker today. I keep the label maker unloaded now, as a precaution, but he got his hands on the cartridge and pulled the tape out like so much pretty ribbon. I tried, I really did, but it wouldn’t wind back in.
In honour of this occasion, I thought I’d share this story with you:
I was chatting with a knot of school mums at some “Meet and Greet the Teacher” malarkey the other night. This might sound silly, but I struggle sometimes with School Mums. Normally, I’m a loudmouth extrovert, but with school mums I get all awkward and reserved. I feel Different.
So one of the mums starts talking about her new label maker and how much she loves it and I blurt out, “You really should read my blog!”, thinking of my recent Label Fail post.
Of course, I realised all too late she didn’t know what I was talking about, that it would just sound like a spot of random blog promotion. I eagerly and ineptly tried to explain myself and she politely suggested that she might have better things to do with her time than to read my blog.
One of the school mums (I’m going to call her M) is a close friend of mine and now that she’s a school mum, she is a Delightful Exception to the Rule. At this point in the conversation M (God bless her) leapt to my defence. and faster than I could say “Stop talking. Oh, please God, stop talking.”, she launched into the following:
“Oh no! You don’t understand! Kate’s blog is really good! She’s a proper Writer! Like one time her two-year-old burnt the roast except she calls him ‘Harry’ or something. And she’s really, like, creative? She crochets cool hats and stuff in her spare time and then writes about them on her blog! You really should read it!”
The look of mild shock that had registered on Label Lady’s face earlier in the conversation, when she discovered I had four children, now was gracefully developing into a look of sheer horror. Her husband (“Label Man”?) wasn’t too far behind her.
I would like to write that at this point a lovely deep hole conveniently opened up in the floor in front of me and I stepped lightly down into it and it swallowed me up. But, sadly, this did not happen. So instead, I cringed inwardly, gave a strangled laugh and tried to steer the conversation forwards (“so, tell me about this new label maker of yours” I attempt. Label Lady replies “what are you?”)
So, for those of you who have blogs of your own, I’m curious: do you talk about your blog to people in real life or do you keep it a secret? How do people react when you tell them you have a blog? Does it sound really lame when you try to describe it? Do you inadvertently inject random blog promotions into every conversation?
I can’t wait to hear what you think. In the meantime, I’m off to buy some more label cartridges (still waiting on that endorsement deal – Dymo won’t return my calls…)