Inspirational People

I wasn’t going to enter The Gallery this week. Reason being, the people who are inspirational to me don’t know about my blog and wouldn’t be too keen on having their photo put up in Cyberspace. Then I couldn’t stop thinking about it and thought oh what the hell! So here goes…

My mum and dad are inspirational people in my life. There are many more but they were there first!

My dad came over to England in the mid 70’s, from India, looking for work and a better life. Having been a college dropout he worked most of his life in factories and worked bloody hard 6 days a week doing 12 hour shifts.

My mum came here from Kenya and has been a seamstress all her life. Between them they have grafted hard and pushed all 3 of their children to get a good education “or you’ll have to work in the factories like me!!”, as my dad used to say.

I suppose you could say we weren’t very well off but, as children, we just never knew it. We had everything we needed and everything (well, mostly!), we ever wanted. Our holidays were to good old filth Blackpool, and in those days, you could go on a sunny day and bump into the whole of Bolton. Yes, they’d also decided to visit for the day!

Of course, being Asian, my parents dreamed that one of us would become a Doctor but what can you do. When you fall in love with a Commodore 64 and just want to play with gadgets all day long then sitting in a GPs office isn’t that appealing. So, into IT jobs we all went.

Both are now retired now but still act like children, especially around their own grandchildren. I love how they’ve drummed good ethics into each of us and how they never expected anything in return. I love how they were so patient with each of our rebellious phases and weren’t tempted to throw us out. All without support from their own families. Amazing. Were parents a different, super, breed back then?

And finally…. As I still don’t want to annoy them by posting their actual picture, I’ve done the next best thing to show you what they kind of look like.

(Well, my mum is tiny and just under 5ft and laughs a lot! And my dad is over 6ft and the more serious one). Weirdly (or not?), this is similar to my OH and I.


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  1. LagosMum October 12, 2011 / 1:23 pm

    This is such a wonderful post. It’s made me stop and think about how much my parents have done for us also. x

  2. Kate on Thin Ice October 12, 2011 / 1:33 pm

    Lovely post and I like how you got round the picture issue

    • NotMyYearOff October 13, 2011 / 3:47 pm

      Thanks! 🙂

  3. Mum2babyinsomniac October 12, 2011 / 2:56 pm

    Ahhh this made me cry too, they are all setting me off today! x

    • NotMyYearOff October 13, 2011 / 3:47 pm

      Aww sorry for making you cry *hug*

  4. The Boy and Me (@TheBoyandMe) October 12, 2011 / 6:43 pm

    That’s an adoring post and I can understand why. We didn’t have much either but were happy as Larry, and my parents worked so hard to ensure it.

    • NotMyYearOff October 13, 2011 / 3:48 pm

      It’s so true money doesn’t buy happiness.

  5. sarahmumof3 October 12, 2011 / 7:58 pm

    aww how lovely Such emotional posts this week!!

  6. motherventing October 12, 2011 / 8:28 pm

    Glad you decided to post about your parents! This is a lovely tribute 🙂

  7. Expat Mammy October 12, 2011 / 8:28 pm

    what a lovely post.x

  8. Lucy at Dear Beautiful Boy October 12, 2011 / 9:03 pm

    It’s so true isn’t it, that children don’t know whether they’re well off or not. It’s all about the relationships and the happiness in the home that matter.
    And there is something so beautiful about watching your parents with their grandchildren, isn’t there? That relationship just fascinates me.

    • NotMyYearOff October 13, 2011 / 3:49 pm

      Me too! I love watching them together and how you can see pure happiness, just perfect!

  9. susankmann October 14, 2011 / 3:36 pm

    What a lovely inspiration. A lovely family post x

  10. Multiple Mummy October 15, 2011 / 2:09 pm

    One may be tall and the other short but they look very cuddly to me! Very inspirational parents and yes to do it all alone with no family support…we are so lucky! x

  11. ghostwritermummy October 16, 2011 / 4:31 pm

    Ah, thats so lovely. Your parents would be really proud

    • NotMyYearOff October 17, 2011 / 4:14 pm

      Ahh thank you x 🙂

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