Living | 10 Things We Wish Our Mammy Still Did For Us

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An Irish woman’s relationship with her mother is a volatile one. A mammy can go from being your best friend to your worst enemy in a split second. But growing up, we definitely took them for granted. Jade O’Leary takes a look at some of the things we wish they still did for us.

Despite all the silly arguments and the occasional conflict of opinion (how DARE she criticise your edgy new haircut?!), you know that your mother will always have your best interest at heart. Most of us probably wish that our mam still did some of things that she did for us as kids… here is a list of ten!

1. Laundry

When you were younger, a pile of freshly laundered washing used to magically appear at the end of your bed. But once your days of living at home ended, so did the services of the laundry fairy.

Now you are faced with a mountain of dirty clothes at the end of every week, and no matter how hard you try, you can never get it to smell as good or feel as soft as when your mammy did it.

2. Ironing

Similar to the washing, ironed shirts and pressed pants seemed to just appear out of thin air when mum was around.

Now, you can’t understand how she ever found the time to iron the whole family’s clothes on top of everything else she did. If purgatory is a real place, then it is an eternity of standing at the ironing board getting the creases out of Himself’s work trousers.

3. Cook our dinner

Living at home meant you were provided with a nutritious, homemade meal every evening. Sometimes, your mum had even managed to whip up a dessert.

Now, you are baffled by how she could come up with an idea for dinner EVERY SINGLE DAY. Pasta features heavily in many of your evening meals. And beans. Lots of beans.

4. Fight our battles

Remember in fifth class when that girl called you a frizzy-haired, four-eyed freak and your mammy phoned her mammy to give out about the devil child she was raising? If only she could still do that…

Now, if you are dealing with a tyrant at work/at the gym/at your book club you are on your own. And sadly ‘I’m telling my mummy on you’ is no longer a phrase that can instil fear in even the meanest of bullies.

5. Make sure we get enough sleep

As a kid, ‘bed time’ was a phrase that we hated with such passion we would do anything and everything to get to stay up that little bit later. ‘I’m seven now mom. I don’t need to sleep.’

Now, we would give anything to have somebody to make us go to bed at an appropriate hour. When left to our own devices, it’s hard NOT to binge watch House of Cards on Netflix until 2am and regret it the next day…

6. Kiss everything better

Falling over and scraping your knee could nearly always be mended with a kiss from your mother. If it was a serious injury, you may need to have been prescribed a chocolate biscuit.

Now, all we have to rely on for pain relief is paracetamol and our own self-pity.

7. Sewing stuff

Mums seem to be born with the ability to patch up ripped jeans or sew on spare buttons. Taking up a skirt comes to them as naturally as breathing – they work wonders with that sewing kit they keep in the Roses tin in the cupboard.

Now… well, let’s be honest. We still go to our mam to fix up any torn clothing. (The Roses tin in our cupboard contains actual chocolate… not a needle and thread.)

8. Be our personal alarm clock

When we were teenagers we used to curse our mothers for dragging us out of bed to get ready for school.

Now, we wish we had her to rely on instead of the crass screech of our alarm in the morning. Pressing the ‘snooze’ button is just too easy…

9. Make phone-calls on our behalf

Appointments for the dentist and doctor were always made for us, we never had to go through the ordeal that is ‘talking to strangers on the phone’.

Now, we wish we could run to our mammy and ask her to phone the scary electricity-provider-people to discuss why we are late on the most recent bill.

10. Be our personal stylist

Granted, we HATED some of the outfits she used to make us wear. (Gingham pinafores, anyone?!)

But now it might actually be nice to just be told what to wear. It would cut getting ready time in half.