My Life - Rachel P

Rachel P, mother of three, civil servant - on fond school memories, Desert Island Discs and her favourite thing to do...

What country do you live in and what do you like about it?

The UK. I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else, though I would like to visit more places.

What is your daily routine like?

Hectic. Every day is full of work, school, and clubs. We have a timetable on the wall in the kitchen which keeps us in check, without it we would miss things left, right and centre.

What is your favourite colour?

Green. I always chose green when I am playing a game and I like to wear green too.

What are your favourite memories of school?

I absolutely loved school. All of it. I have so many memories of friends, fun and learning.  Sometimes, when the kids talk about their days I am really envious.

What is your favourite food?

Curry. I LOVE spicy food.

What movie made you cry the most?

I cry at the John Lewis adverts! Probably, Beaches.

When were you most scared?

When my son was seriously ill in hospital.

What music will you take on Desert Island?

The Dixie ChicksNot Ready To Make Nice and Nina Simone Feeling Good.

When were you most excited?

Seeing George Michael in concert when I was 16!

What was the last book you read?

I just finished The Language of Flowers - a fabulous book!

What is your favourite thing to do?

Sitting round a table with good food and good friends.

What is your favourite time of the day?


Are you a morning or an evening person?

I have trained myself to be a morning person, but my natural state is night owl.

What is your pet name for your husband?


What have you learnt from mothering?

To let it go… Fight the battles that need fighting. I am still trying to learn patience.

When it is just you and your kids, what do you do?

Watch a movie, play a game... Make a mess!

Do you think women can have it all?

No, I think we have a lot and we can do lots of things well but there are lots of pressures no matter the choices we make. We aren’t as kind to each other as we should be. It’s not a competition; we are all just trying to do our best.

Destiny or freewill?  


What keeps you up at night?

Everything. I sometimes worry that I have nothing to worry about… 

What won’t you leave the house without?

My phone.

What food defined your childhood?

Home cooking - but probably my Nan’s beef suet pudding in particular.

What values has motherhood changed in you?

It really isn’t all about winning.

Who inspires you?

My friends and family. They make me want to be better.

What is your biggest challenge as a mother?

Ensuring I find the time to give my kids the attention they need.

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November 06, 2015 — Yvonne Telford