The things that say ‘me’

I have kept a very ‘sciencey’ focus to my blogs for the last while; it was a deliberate and conscious move in a slow transitional way. However, some of my very favourite posts here are the personal ones and sometimes I do miss writing them. And then I read this lovely post by Awfully Chipper (objects of me), about all the little things that project her character and likes, that will trigger memories of ‘mom’ in her childrens’ minds. As I read, all my own little personal images popped into my head and I decided to join in.

So here you are, a personal post with not a bit of science in sight: The things that say ‘me’…


My daughter recently said to me…  “You look lovely today mum, even though you are not wearing stripes”. That says it all really. I was surprised initially by her comment, but one look in my clothes drawer reveals my love of all things stripy.



Red and spotty

Red and spotty

This item is new, but still very ‘me’. After a recent phone change, I asked my husband to buy me a cover. I told him which type I wanted, but as for the colour and pattern, I suggested he ‘surprise me!’ (Every husbands nightmare.) The man did good though. I was delighted when he returned home with this red, spotty cover. Along with my love of stripes, I also have a hankering for things that are red, or spotty… or both! This was emphasised when someone pointed out how coordinated I was one day… my scarf matched my phone! (I hadn’t even noticed.)



Speaking of scarves… I love them. I wear them most days of the year. Warm ones in Winter, lighter ones in Summer… but nearly always with a scarf.




I love, love, love elephants, such beautiful animals; For me, their sense of community and ‘love’ for their babies adds to their appeal; I began to collect little elephant trinkets many years ago. These little collections suddenly reached a critical mass, as other people noticed and suddenly it was ‘elephants’ for every birthday/Christmas/gift thereafter. I found myself with a house brimming with elephant paraphernalia, and the appeal waned. Over the years, my elephant stocks have dwindled to a small number of much-loved objects. My sister, who happens to have the best talent in the world for buying gifts, still manages to give me elephant themed gifts. They are subtle, they are beautiful, and I love them. These are some of my favourites.




Apparently a lot of food items popped up on this list when I asked my children for suggestions. They spoke of the dishes I make that they like the most, but pizza seemed to make it to the top of the list. No surprise really, as I have been making it every Friday night for more years that I care to remember.



Mammy’s smell

Don’t worry, this is not as bad as it may sound. I’m very sensitive to smells and it seems some of my children are too. My boys can literally tell if someone has visited the house while they were at school. My youngest says he loves the ‘smell of mammy’, sometimes he likes to curl up with one of my scarves because it smells of me. I remember that as a child too, the lovely comfort and safety in the smell of my mum and dad. If I wear an usual perfume he will comment that I don’t smell of me, and he doesn’t tend to like it much!




This was the nicest one of all. When I asked my daughter for a suggestion she said “when people respect me it makes me think of you, Mum“. What a heart melter! For that comment, I even let her drink out of my favourite mug – wouldn’t you?



They are my objects, an unusual mix when I look back on them. What would be on your list? If you want to read more, or join in, check out the lovely linky over at Awfully Chipper.


Science blogger and writer; Owner of Dr. How's Science Wows; Mother of three junior scientists who have taught me that to be a great scientist you need to look at life through the eyes of a child!

18 thoughts on “The things that say ‘me’

  • June 21, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    I spy elephants on the scarves too! My thing is hippos so I totally get you on that score. Lovely post and lovely getting to know you a little more.

    • June 21, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      Thanks Muuka, well spotted 🙂

  • June 20, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    This is so sweet, and asking your kids for suggestions was such a good idea! Pizza, respect and stripeys, that’s a fantastic way to be remembered 🙂

    • June 20, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      Thanks Camille, it does sound like a funny mix when all put together 🙂

  • June 16, 2016 at 7:03 am

    The scarves, the elephants, the polka dot…I love them all, but the ‘respect’ comment from your daughter brought a year to my eye, what a sweet girl and what a great Mum. Lovely post x

    • June 16, 2016 at 7:11 am

      She is a sweet girl, I’m not sure I deserve the lovely comment, it might be because I am always harping on about respect!

  • June 16, 2016 at 6:56 am

    Oh wow,what a gorgeous thing for your daughter to say! I love rhe elephant mug and I’d love if you could share your pizza recipe?

    • June 16, 2016 at 7:09 am

      Thanks Tracey and I’ll definitely share my pizza recipe, it’s a nice easy one

    • June 14, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      She definitely is (and I can’t say I deseve her compliment!)

  • June 14, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    I love your style, I love your colours, I love your elephants, but most of all I love your daughter’s comment. What an amazing one-liner! Thank you so much for joining in!

    • June 14, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      Thanks Christine, she shocked me with that one but insisted I include it. She is a sweetie ?

  • June 14, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Lovely. Nice to get a peek at the person in the white coat. Naturally, I coveted the pizza.

    • June 14, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      Thanks… and not a white coat in sight! I hope you are going to join in too, I’d love to know what things speak of ‘you’ !

  • June 14, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Oh so gorgeous! I love all of them. I have a stripy section very like yours 🙂 But the “respect” comment wins hands down – what a heart melter indeed!
    I am really looking forward to doing this linky too.

    • June 14, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      Awh thanks Office Mum, looking forward to reading yours! Great idea for a linky, isn’t it?

  • June 14, 2016 at 10:19 am

    A lovely list Naomi. I love red with white spots too, so much so that you can often see red and white spotty napkins in my food posts 🙂

    • June 14, 2016 at 10:37 am

      Oh lovely Fionnuala, I just finished my last red-spotty napkin and I’m on the look out for some more. Nice to meet a fellow ‘addict’ 😉

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