Here is the photo of Jennifer Anniston that my daughter showed me yesterday in her latest magazine. "Look mum, doesn't she look AMMMAAAAZING - she's your age you know - that's quite embarrassing isn't it". "Don't be ridiculous, of course she isn't my age, she's 10 years younger, but Why is it embarrassing?". "No, she is mum, trust me, Well, um, you know, she looks ammaaazing and you look, well, um, it's mostly embarrassing for her that she doesn't look like you obviously but you'd never go out wearing something like that would you and you should - you'd look really good in that". "Don't be ridiculous. I'd probably get arrested or die of hypothermia. Don't forget she hasn't had her children yet - that will make a difference." "Why should it make a difference whether she has kids or not? Also mum, why don't you buy these shoes? If I was your height I'd definitely be wearing REEEALLY high heels" (killer black studded shoes with metal spiked heels you'd never be allowed on an aeroplane). And so on......it really is extraordinary how rubbish gorgeous immensely tall 15 year old daughter's can make you feel without meaning to and I know her well enough to know that any encouragement to actually buy items of clothing or accessories that I would frankly look awful in are so that she can borrow them. Devious. Beyond. OOORRR.....maybe she's right and I should try and find a copy of that dress to wear to all the Christmas parties.....what do you think? Are we too old these days to get away with that sort of outfit? The boobs wouldn't look quite the same, let alone the legs, the stomach, the bottom..... I can just picture my daughter's reaction if I tried to go out looking like that. "Mum, I'm not really sure about that - why don't I try it on instead?"
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