My Life - Helen Morris
This week's Friday Woman is the beautiful Helen Morris, mother of two and founder of gumdrops and the bear, on post-baby body, fears and motherhood.
What would be your dream holiday destination for your family? A villa in Tuscany, Italy appeals. But I would LOVE to visit my family in Sydney, Australia when the kids are a few years older.
Who is your favourite living icon? Anyone who does good (and is kind and funny) is an icon to me. My friend Fritha Vincent is a very special lady who has set up an amazing social business called Secret Pillow.
What is your favourite TV show that is currently on? Modern Family is quite funny and the characters feel close to home. My husband is the wonderfully goofy Phil Dunphy without the 6-pack.
What do you plan on reading? I’ve just started up a book club to force me to read more! Next on my list: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
What book have you read that positively shaped you? E.E. Cummings Complete Poems gave me back my love of literature and something just clicked; I could wrap myself in the words.
What excites you about life right now? Change, constant change. I’ve always amazed how we seem - as a family - to manage to embrace it. I’m also hugely excited about my blog and the new dimension it has brought to my life.
Twitter or Instagram? Twitter – more sociable than beautiful (like me!)
What is your favourite food? Cheese fondue... mmm.
Favourite drink? Ribena or prosecco or hot Nesquik.
Favourite dessert? White chocolate and cardamom truffles <dribble>.
What is your most treasured possession? The life and health of my babies. It’s the only thing I couldn’t live without.
What would you do if another child was being mean to your child? Surround them with love and reassure them that they are amazing. My mum got round this when I was young by inviting the ‘bully’ to tea; it disarmed her and made her a friend. Quite clever really.
What advice would you give your 14-year-old self? Don’t get drawn into trying to be something you’re not and don’t be mean to anyone, you may meet them in later life. Oh and the gappy teeth will be fixed in six years time!
What is your greatest fear? Anything happening to my family. I’m shuddering even thinking about it.
How do you think of your body after motherhood? Oh! that is a biggie! Five years later and I’ve nearly accepted it. I view it as Pompeii – once glorious, now devastated by forces beyond my control; but still lovely in its own way and admired (by one).
What is your best quote? I had an old boss who was charismatic and seriously quotable. My favourite of his quotes was ‘That sticks out like a poo in a wee shop’.
What are you most proud of - apart from motherhood? Probably surviving and achieving in a very academic school where I felt stupid. When I opened my results I cried for a long time because I hadn’t realised I was capable.
What has motherhood taught you? I am impatient, slightly OCD and do not like loud noise. Sleep is beautiful. Makeup is my saviour. Also, how bloomin fortunate I am; I could never have imagined myself with a tall cheeky boy and a tiny minxy girl and heart full of love.
What does being a mum mean to you? I have made two beautiful (loud) little creatures and it is my privilege to equip them with everything they need to take the world by storm. Or just be very happy.
Describe yourself in three words. Funny. Methodical and thoughtful. (I cheated, my husband gave me those).
What is the hardest part of being a mum? "Mummy". "Mummy". "Mummy why". "Mummy, I want". "Mummy, I need". "Mummy, can I have?" Not having any time to yourself, with no sleep, having to feed and tend to your flock 24/7.
If your life was a song, what would the title be? “Laughs, falls and loves”.
If you had a tattoo where would it be? Urm... I do and it’s shall we say below my bikini line above my left hip (bikini lines in the 90’s were very high!)
Dogs or cats? Because Doug The Cat is near me I’m going to say 'cat'. But I do love dogs (smallish non-smelly ones).