And outrage ensued

Things are going great! Bar one awkward conversation that I am trying not to think about because I just start getting mad.

My Mom and Dad and I met my Boyrfriend for an early coffee this morning. It is a coldish day but he's heading off "down the country" to where his family is from in the West and this will be the only chance so I thought, what the hey, and we arranged.

It was brief and I introduced him as "my friend" but of course Mom, being Mom, knew right away what was going on. He had mentioned his daughter in the course of conversation so on the way back to the apartment, Mom decided to engage me in some plain talking and said, "You do realise that it will be difficult being involved with someone with a child."

"Mom!!!" I said.

She went on to say, his primary committment is to his daughter, he might get back with her mother, etc, etc.

To which I can only comment: What business is it of hers?

I am pretty upset, but in the interest of family harmony I am just not going to go there and if she wants we can discuss it by email when they are back home. This is still their holiday so we've got to be having fun. Today, the sales start in Dublin so it's Mom's day. Neither Dad nor I are much into shopping so we will trail around behind her as she hits all the big department stores and we'll carry her bags. We need the exercise; yesterday was fabulous but it did mostly involve eating, eating and more eating. I don't know how much Dad spent on all that fancy food but it was definitely appreciated.

I need some plans though, urgently. So if any Dubliners read this, I'd love some suggestions for cool things to do over the next couple of days. I think I have New Year's Eve more or less sorted out: there's a parade on in the afternoon. We'll eat at home and then go to a pub for a traditional sort of experience. Mom 'n Dad are leaving on the 2nd and shortly after that it will be back to work for me!

So...what to do today?


Not sure how good this suggestion is, but you could do a pub crawl on the Green Line Luas, also Ranelagh is a lovely village just to stroll through and their are loads of pubs. Take the train out to Howth which is a lovely fishing village, or go the other way down to Bray. If it's shopping for your mom then the LUAS to Dundrum.


Hi Rose,

I know Howth, and it's lovely! I like your Green Line Luas Pub crawl idea -- I'm gonna suggest it to my folks right now! Thanks and Happy New Year!


Hey towniegirl,

the parade is on New Year's Day, not New Year's eve. there are some great bands coming over from the states, looks like it will be a great day. Also the Garda band will be there, bet your dad will like them!


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