ColumnistsDaragh Keany

Our families are more Waltons than Walford


TODAY, I have a confession to make.

I actually like my mother-in-law. I know, I know. Seriously though – she is not stressfully annoying like they are supposed to be. When our families get together, it’s more Waltons than Walford. But lately she’s been a bit of a gobsh*te. 
Retirement has been good to her. She is creative and enthusiastic (about everything) and so has used her new-found time to try new things, see new places, meet new people and do a bit of babysitting for our two girls. 
But in her haste to prove to the world that she is still young at heart, she headed off last week for a ski holiday with the father-in-law and a couple of other geriatrics. 
Guess what happened? Yep – she fell, tore ligaments in her knee and spent three days in hospital. 
She is now in a full-leg air cast that wouldn’t look out of place in a Robocop revamp and will be on crutches for “at least 10 weeks”. 
She is adamant that life will continue at the  surprisingly fast pace that we have become accustomed to in recent years, but we think it is time for her to slow down  a bit – temporarily at least. 
Holiday plans have had to be hastily changed and the child-minding has had to transferred to the other nana, but it is hard to be annoyed with her. The same joie de vivre that got her in this fine mess is the same characteristic that saw her do the ice bucket challenge last summer and convinced her to backpack around Peru in 2012! 
So, on Mother’s Day I say to you Clare Brophy: don’t ever change. Maybe slow down a little, but please don’t stop.
Oh, and can you babysit for Chloe and Mia on Saturday March 28? Cheers. You got this. I believe in you.