Mark Steel once wrote a piece about having a Proper Mum, about the advice you get, the good natured nagging, the worrying, and, above all, how all this keeps you nicely grounded.

Well, I've got one for you, Mark: A proper mum will listen to you talking about work and meetings and fun big new projects with interest, following all the rants and the details closely and quietly sympathising in the right places.  However, mention in passing you wore a suit, she won't let it go for weeks.

"Wore a suit, he did!  Yes, bet he looked smart.  Says he quite likes them!"

Wait till she finds out I own two.

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Mark Steel
Proper Mum