Daily Prompt: Modern Families

Dirty dishes
By User:Mysid (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

If one of your late ancestors were to come back from the dead and join you for dinner, what things about your family would this person find the most shocking?

What Would Mother Say?

I can just imagine my mother if she were alive today being disapproving of the fact that we

  • Rarely eat at the dinner table
  • Don’t always do the washing up straight after the meal.

When I was growing up we usually ate at the kitchen table, or for special occasions the dining table and there was no TV watching while we ate. If you wanted to watch the news you ate earlier. In her later years when she lived alone she did abandon that habit to a degree so perhaps she wouldn’t mind that much.

Washing up was something that was done as soon as you left the table. Mind you as we often used to sit talking for a long time after we’d finished it wasn’t that prompt but it was always done. Mine is often done as late as nine or ten o’clock. I still feel guilty if I don’t do it straight away.

Mum was never backwards in coming forwards so I know if she were around today she would certainly say something.



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


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