Sunday Tittle Tattle: Hello From Ruth’s Mum

Prai Ageless Throat & Décolletage Cream Review

Good Morning, everyone, this is Ruth’s Mum speaking!!! Ruth has asked me just to do her Sunday Tittle Tattle Post and to keep it short (she’s quite bossy; she does know how circum-loquacious I am, and how etymologically absorbed I can be, and what is the difference between assumption and presumption anyway)!

She told me just to copy a text I wrote to her, after I had read all your comments on the Prai review, and I do try to do as I am told, although mostly I struggle, so here it is:
“What a lot of lovely, sensible followers you have!! I have read all their comments from Sunday Tittle Tattles to Ups and Downs and the last Prai one and I am quite overwhelmed by their advice and their insight and perspective on life. They give me so much hope!! There are wonderful people out there!! As a Mum it is really difficult for me to supply any useful support [on babies and birth] because things have changed so so much and I only have my own experiences which are so very different!! Could you send this text of thankyous to them all!! Aren’t Blogs great? You can feel so alone and isolated! Lots of love to them all xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx”
Now this is a bit of a test for Ruth; she, like me, always remembers correct punctuation!!! [Ed: Mum, my punctuation is nothing like yours. Count the number of exclamation marks you use in one paragraph, it’s absurd. It’s like an exclamation mark disease.] I don’t bother in texts, because usually I am writing them whilst listening to my lovely husband reading extracts from Lord Salisbury on Conservatism, so I have to get them from the heart fast!!!! With no punctuation!!!! [Ed: you’re making up for it though, I see.] I think it comes from teaching thirty teen-agers all day, not that I used to text people under my desk!! Beginning to see why Ruth said to keep it short???? Hahaha!!! I tried Twitter once but 145 letters!!!! Mr Trump manages; what does that tell you??? Anyway enough of Trumpland!!!! We used to use the word Trump for ‘passing wind through one’s bottom’ and that about says it all for today!!! Sorry Ruth!!!
Ruth’s Mum xx
Ooh – and the winners of the Prai creams are, announced with name and/or part of email so you can tell it’s you: Jo (maggsje), Lisa Wolf, Laura (hopsonaishah), Carol (purchesandpurches), Ivana Medinica, Vikki (spudo812), Janet Cameron, Sarah Moule, Julie (jadoughty74), Jane McAvan, Sarah (cashmeremice), Gail (gailandlee9), Susannah (goldilox), Fionnuala (finlambe), Sinead Bradbury, Caroline (adenbow), Susan (sammoran), Katie (domestiphobia), Gisela (glimpsy1), Nicola (nleadbeater), Stephanie (vampireblood69), Jill Bailey, Mira (mborggreen), Ruth (ruthdave2000), Elaine (elainesmalone). Congratulations everyone, the brand will be in touch directly!

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  1. Bagmad
    January 29, 2017 / 8:14 am

    Aww Ruth’s mum, you’re such a sport and such a hoot! I love your sense of humour. I hope that when my daughter is Ruth’s age, I will still be as upbeat, flexible and have as much derring-do as you. Feel free to edit my English and punctuation here, it will be an honour!

  2. Jools
    January 29, 2017 / 8:18 am

    I laughed so much at this Ruth’s mum …. and your writing style is so similar to Ruth’s!!!! I’m surmising that there may well be an announcement very shortly? !!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Fionnuala Lambe
    January 29, 2017 / 9:03 am

    I’m thrilled I won; I never win anything!!! Thank you so much(to both Crillys). I’m going to have the neck of a 20yr old
    And best of luck with the baby. I had a planned section and it’s nice and calm and at the same time exciting.

  4. Nicola Leadbeater
    January 29, 2017 / 9:11 am

    What a lovely relationship you have with your mum Ruth and she is clearly so proud of you. When I first discovered beauty blogs and YouTube videos, I devoured them all. I was a bit late to the party but I loved it. Now there are only a few I follow. Thank you for always being honest and true to yourself. That’s what keeps me here in your little space of social media.

  5. Mira
    January 29, 2017 / 9:38 am

    Hi Ruth’s Mum
    Great blog post – short-ish and to the point:) Always love the STT posts!
    And THANK YOU for announcing my name as one of the winners of the prai cream! Now comes the part where I have to convince my mum to try it :) Growing up she never was that much into skincare or makeup – so little in fact, I think my obsession w said things may be the reaction to the lack of beauty related stuff growing up! However, she has been getting into skincare (and even makeup) these last years (wouldn’t you know that me helping her and guiding her has made all the difference:)) However, she doesn’t read beauty blogs or buy very fancy creams (yet) so this will be a lovely surprise for her! Thank you again!
    Happy Sunday – from a reader in Denmark (and her mum) :)
    xxxx Mira

  6. January 29, 2017 / 10:03 am

    I would say you are simply able to put all your emotions in a text and this is a true gift.
    Thank you!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  7. Ivana
    January 29, 2017 / 11:13 am

    Thank you!!! You’ve made my day!!!!! (exclamation mark disease is spreading)

  8. SuWu
    January 29, 2017 / 11:33 am

    More from Mum please!!!!!

  9. January 29, 2017 / 11:35 am

    I used to have Exclamation Mark Disease but am currently in recovery. And yes Ruth’s Mum, blogs are great! (They’re allowed in singles, right?) H x

  10. Virginia Villalobos
    January 29, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    I see now where Ruth’s beauty comes from, both inside and out.

  11. January 29, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    Ahh, your Mum is great! Particularly loved the exclamation marks!!! :) x

  12. January 29, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    You and your mum look so similar! Gorgeous pair!

  13. Carol
    January 29, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    Hi Ruth’s mum and Ruth!!!!!!!!!!! You are both so lovely!!!!!!!!!! You have made me smile on an otherwise gloomy day, so I thank you for that!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Sandie
    January 29, 2017 / 2:37 pm

    Thank you Ruth’s Mum! Great Sunday blog. Hope is Ruth is well and resting!

  15. Anja
    January 29, 2017 / 3:29 pm

    Hilarious post! I love the short insight into the mother daughter dynamics. And it certainly made for a good read.
    So Ruth’s Mum, it was lovely reading from you.
    And you are right, the comments here are all lovely and helpful.

  16. MsDinoGal
    January 29, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    This is so precious and heartfelt. Thank you for sharing!

  17. pencilFriend
    January 29, 2017 / 9:52 pm

    This post was so enjoyable and comforting!!! My daughter and I are very much like this as well, as I love etymology and occasionally neglect the interests of the listener in favour of making an aesthetically pleasing sentence! My daughter is very sweet just like you, Ruth and I felt very much comforted after I read this.
    I don’t find that youtubers in general like to be praised for excellent comparitative analysis, nor do they enjoy comments about how clear thinking in general ought to be more well respected! If I shoehorn in a comment about how Some People (Trump!) see it as the enemy, that is not well received either!
    Your mother seems eminently likeable, but it is unlikely that she would like me, as I have Aspergers and cannot always appear thoughtful and considerate even when I try very hard to be both of those things. The attributes that make a good woman, especially an educated good woman, do not naturally belong to someone with Aspergers and it is painful to experience social exclusion for the lack of them. Occasionally, however, I do read something lovely like this and feel a bit more as though there might be some corners of te world where I would feel at home should I wish to leave the house…. Best wishes to both of you!!!

    • Bec
      January 29, 2017 / 11:14 pm

      Gosh, pencilfriend I very much hope you do have some comfortable corners where you are accepted for who you are – from the way you write and the things you said I imagine there are a great many people out there who would enjoy your company. Which of us manages to come across as thoughtful and considerate 100% of the time anyway?! It must be so challenging and I bet you have experienced many setbacks but hopefully people’s knowledge of and tolerance for ASD is increasing. Lots of luck with braving leaving the house to find your happy places! X

      • pencilFriend
        January 30, 2017 / 1:23 pm

        Thank you so very much for your encouragement.!! Thank you, Ruth and Ruth’s Mother for making a small, transient happy place out of nothing but words.

    • Ruth's Mum
      February 1, 2017 / 1:06 pm

      Some of my most fulfilling ‘special’ moments, over my teaching years, in mainstream primary and secondary, where I taught art and maths, have been the one to one communications (whether a smile, a laugh or ‘ I-need- you-to-sort-this-Miss-face’, from my Aspergers and Autistic Babes. My son, art-trained, has ten years experience as teaching assistant in ‘special needs’ Colleges of Education. It is fulfilling to be given the special opportunity to work with those, who are less able to access the outside world, with all it’s conditioning and it’s stereo-typing and it’s hierarchy complexities, not just between students but also between teachers!!!
      Children Learn What They Live
      By Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D.
      If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
      If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
      If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
      If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
      If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
      If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
      If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
      If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
      If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
      If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
      If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
      If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
      If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
      If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
      If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
      If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
      If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
      If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
      If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live. XXXXXXXX Much love Pencilfriend and we are all special and there are a lot of us who feel so isolated : my heart used to weep sometimes for my poor little blossoms in the classroom , who just couldn’t ever get the hang of the ‘bully-beefs’ Oh I am so so sorry because I could write so much about the pitfalls of our education system and the changed needs of our children in our changed world!

  18. pencilFriend
    January 29, 2017 / 9:55 pm


  19. January 29, 2017 / 10:19 pm

    Was smiling while reading this most amusing post. Loving the idea behind it as Im such a Ruths Mum fan and then I noticed I won the neck cream!! yes! I ve entered every competition on this blog since 1948 ha!!!( lets go with 3 exclamation marks for the post that it is :))
    Thank you Ruth and Prai.
    ps Best of Luck Ruth xx

  20. January 29, 2017 / 10:54 pm

    What a beauty. Inside and out. Great genes.

  21. January 29, 2017 / 11:06 pm

    To pencilfriend, your comments are so touching my son is 12 and has autism and I feel sad to think he feels he doesn’t ‘fit in’ I think being so open and honest makes you more likeable and I’m sure Ruth’s mum would love you xx

    • pencilFriend
      January 30, 2017 / 1:20 pm

      Lisa, I can’t speak for all autistic people, but it is not, as people often assume, painless for us to be ostracised. From my experience, autism is like an immersion course in a foreign language in which one remains forever at the beginner’s level. It can be exhausting and demoralising, and very, very tiring.
      If a neurotypical person asks question like, “What do you think?”, it may turn out that this question does not mean, “State your preference.”, or “Apply critical analysis to the issue under discussion”, but may mean, “Signal group allegiance by reiterating the party line.” That idea is not actually contained in the words “What do you think?”, it is not contained in the idea of thinking.
      It is a mistake to point that out however as the questioner will then believe that you wish to engage in a power struggle with them. In this fashion one may find oneself engaged in a battle that one had no intention of starting, that everyone believes was deliberately initiatied by oneself, and that will ulitimately end in loss and exclusion. To the autistic mind, the questioner in that scenario has a covert agenda. It is not necessarily a bad agenda, but it is hidden in a sentence that purports to mean something else .
      Revealing that sort of thing enrages people and turns them against you. This is a very difficult thing to negotiate. Very often it seems better to avoid conversation, than to make a mistake and experience the awful consequences. The results are even more devastating if the hidden agenda is unpleasant, and quite often, hidden agendas are unpleasant.
      But lest you think I wish to discourage you let me tell you a secret that autistic people have. Very often things that are unnoticed by neurotypical people are very beautiful to us. It may be an arrangement of musical notes, a pattern of light and shade, the way a word feels when we shape it in our mouths. If your son repeats something, it may be because it has a hidden beauty to him. Theme and variation might be a way to connect with his experience.
      I feel I am infringing now, on Ruth’s blog. Thank you very, very much for your kind words and best wishes for both you and your son.

  22. Courtney
    January 29, 2017 / 11:06 pm

    I don’t know what I just read but I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

  23. Gisela Spencer
    January 30, 2017 / 2:18 am

    OMG, I will be getting a neck revamp. Thanks Ruth and Ruth’s delightful Mum. Wow
    My day is made.
    I wonder if its a boy or girl coming for our beloved Ruth, Mr AMR and little Angelica.
    Be well!

  24. Noura Noel
    January 30, 2017 / 7:45 am

    Awwww how lovely such great sunday tittle tattle you are so sweet Ruth’s mum Ruth is a lucky women to have you god bless you both

  25. Rach in Oz
    January 30, 2017 / 12:22 pm

    Aw, I loved this! Hi Ruth’s mum!

  26. Julie
    January 30, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    What a lovely way to start the week!
    Thank you Ruth, Ruth’s mum and Prai! I’m so looking forward to trying it out.

  27. Susan Moran
    January 30, 2017 / 8:56 pm

    What a thrill to win this cream, I had to read the post a few times to be sure! (Non ironic exclamation).

    One of my sisters types closed captioning on television programming for a living and is therefore extremely picky about punctuation in all forms of written communication. This works well in our relationship though because I was an English major and am naturally “picky”. ( Non ironic italicization).
    Thank you, thank you to both of you, Ruth and Ruth’s mom. I am going to thoroughly enjoy the Prai cream and will bore my friends and family with critiques as well.

  28. Bellie
    January 31, 2017 / 4:04 am

    “Passing wind through one’s bottom” is by far the funniest thing I have heard in a long, long time. From America I thank you for the laugh, mama AMR. And sorry for the Trump!!!!!

  29. Ali
    January 31, 2017 / 6:24 pm

    Can we please have a regular post from mum? <3

  30. sosusam
    January 31, 2017 / 11:34 pm

    What a wonderful post. Laughs and a love of punctuation? More, please! :) I especially loved your definition of “Trump.” I plan to introduce it into our family lexicon immediately. As for Trump himself, well, as others have said…sorry on behalf of America.

  31. Lisa Wolf
    February 6, 2017 / 8:09 am

    Thanks so much – I am super chuffed and really looking forward to using the neck product.

  32. Mira
    February 24, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    Hi – a question – did I miss the prai cream email/contact to winners? Haven’t heard from them but could just be me having missed it somehow:) (Told my mom I won a wonder product for her and she can’t wait to try it out:)

  33. Lisa Wolf
    February 28, 2017 / 6:46 pm

    Hi. I’ve also not yet had an email about the neck cream so I don’t think you have missed it Mira So looking forward to trying it.

    • Mira
      March 1, 2017 / 12:01 pm

      Hi Lisa
      Thanks:) Thought I might have missed it – happy I still have something to look forward to :) xxxx

  34. Mansi
    April 14, 2017 / 9:34 am

    One of the finest descriptions of Trump!

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