I keep meaning to give up drinking wine. I don’t know why. Perhaps something this enjoyable isn’t good for me. Who knows?

“Would you like a glass of wine, Mum?” asks Gemma-Rose.

“No, thanks. Not tonight,” I say firmly.

My youngest daughter’s face drops. She looks so disappointed. She loves pouring wine. I feel like a terrible mother.

“Okay,” I say relenting. “Pour me half a glass.” Well, what was I supposed to say? I have made a young girl happy.

My son Callum arrives home from work. “I’ve got a present for you, Mum,” he announces as he whips a bottle from behind his back.

“A bottle of wine!” I smile.

I can’t announce I’m no longer a wine drinker. It would spoil Callum's surprise. It would be awfully selfish of me to refuse that delightful bottle of delicious red wine. I’m sure you agree. I give my son a huge hug, before finding a glass. “Gemma-Rose, do you want to pour me some wine?”

I read somewhere if you're having problems sleeping you shouldn’t drink alcohol at night. I tried drinking it earlier in the day instead. It didn’t make much difference. I still can’t sleep. I might as well enjoy the wine.

But I wonder if it will make me fat.

“There are not many calories in a glass of red wine, Mum,” Imogen informs me. “Anyway, it has all sorts of good stuff in it. A glass a day keeps you healthy, they say.”

Wine is good for me? I always look after my health. Could my body actually need that glass each day?

My glass is empty. “Shall I get you another glass of wine, Mum?" Gemma-Rose looks so sweet. She really wants to help me. And I never discourage anyone who wants to help. “Yes, please!”

It seems I have no choice. I am a wine drinker, whether I like it or not.

“Do you have any chocolate to go with that wine?” I ask. I’ve heard chocolate is good for me too.

Anyone want to join me? I have another glass somewhere, and a bar of dark chocolate. Or would you prefer some cheese?

“Gemma-Rose, can you find some cheese and biscuits, please?” Of course, she can.

So you’ll be right over? Shall I open the red or the white?


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  1. This is so funny:) If I didn't know you, I might be concerned!

    I'm on my way....


    1. Vicky,

      You might be concerned? Oops! What impression have I given? It's not like I can't give up drinking wine or anything. There's a lot of truth in this story. In fact it's all true. Gemma-Rose really does love pouring me a glass of wine!

      I know you're not a wine drinker so I'll put the kettle on. See you soon! xx

  2. Packing... ready to phone the airlines... but just one question. If I let everyone else have ALL of the wine, may I please have ALL of the chocolates? I don't really care for wine (yes, you read that right and I hope the entire Internet isn't gasping that someone actually wrote that sentence). I think my proposed deal is Very Fair. I just want to sit back and have a bit of chocolate (dark, please) and hear more and more and more Sue-stories.

    1. Nancy,

      You want ALL the chocolate?? Well, I don't know about that... You'll listen to more of my stories if I give you all my dark chocolate? That seems generous of you. It's a deal!

      If you coincide your visit with Vicky's you can both share a pot of tea while I have the wine. She doesn't care for wine either!

  3. Red wine is healthy for the heart, lowers cholesterol, helps control blood sugar, may help fight off colds, helps prevent cancer, helps you slim down.... Jesus drank it; my relatives make it. I'm not giving it up any time soon either- :) Cheers! :)


    1. Theresa,

      I'm so pleased to find a fellow wine lover! Thank you for the link. All those reasons for drinking wine... I'm off to buy some more! Actually I have noticed I never have bad colds like the rest of the family. I had no idea the reason could be because I like wine. I am going to forget I ever thought about giving it up!

      Your relatives make wine? I'd love to know more.

      Thank you for stopping by!

    2. Oooh really? I don't drink, used to drink wine like a fish (sorry I was young and silly) but just haven't since having kids. I think I might buy a bottle now ... for the health benefits - Thank you Theresa x

    3. Lisa,

      Isn't it nice to hear good news? Yes, we should indulge for the sake of our health! (And because it tastes good too!)

  4. Oops- signed in on my daughter's account- lol. She does NOT drink wine. ;)

  5. The sacrifices you make for the happiness of your children. You're such a good mother ;P

    1. Kellie,

      You understand! The things mothers have to do... I wonder if you enjoy a glass of red wine. I'm sitting here with one of my own... poured by Gemma-Rose of course!


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