A one-trick pony

I’m not very good at stuff. I’m rubbish at housework and doing the garden. I have no interest in craft or baking. And I’m crap at it anyway.

My kids live on food from the freezer and microwave meals. Because they’re fussy and because we’re always busy, but, yes, also because I’m a rubbish cook.

I’m not a strategic thinker. Life’s too short – I’d rather get on with it than plan and ponder and see the bigger picture. And on the rare occasions when I do think strategically, I don’t even realise I’m doing it. Cos it’s just common sense, innit?

I get freaked out by Doing Stuff. Basic stuff. Like opening the bonnet of my car or unlocking a door. Don’t give me a new key or lock to deal with because it most definitely won’t work. It’s definitely broken. It’s definitely not just me….

Oh, maybe it is.


Let’s be honest, I really don’t have many talents.

I got a fold-up bike for my birthday. I love it, it’s given me a new lease of life. I’m not much of a driver. Actually, I’m a crap driver. Add that to the list.

So now on my days off if I just need to nip into town I take my bike instead. I love the freedom of it.

Rather than lock it up anywhere (those keys! what if they go wrong?), I take it into my husband’s office and he looks after it for me. He folds it down, then when I leave he unfolds it for me. It’s not because I can’t do it, you understand, it’s just because he’s quicker than me…

OK, I admit, if I decide to use it and I realise my 10 year old son has already gone to school without unfolding it for me, I panic slightly. What if I can’t manage it?!

Let’s remember this is a FOLD-UP BIKE. It is designed to fold easily. So why does it leave me in a cold sweat. Why can’t I do it?


‘You know what I think?’ says my husband when he gets home and sees my bike half folded with everything pointing the wrong way, ‘I think you’re never going to be able to fold that bike.’

‘I will! I’m getting better, I can nearly do it.’

‘You know what I think?’ he says, ‘I think you’re a one-trick pony.’

And if you’re reading this and getting all angry for me, then don’t. Because he’s right. I’m not good at stuff and he accepts that and helps me with things. My younger son helps me too.

‘So what is your trick?’ I hear you cry.

This. This is my trick.


Writing is a big part of my work as a press officer. I blog rather a lot (as you may have noticed) and I’m not too bad at it.

I am the biggestΒ grammar geekΒ I know. In an office full of ‘communications professionals’, most of whom are senior to me and paid more than me, I am the go-to girl for all those difficult grammar questions and proof-reading. I can spot a misplaced comma at 100 yards. My obsession with grammar is legendary and the source of much humour in school governors’ meetings – woe betide anyone who puts a capital letter or (shudder) an APOSTROPHE in the wrong place.

My one and only trick does have its uses at home. I help the kids with their homework and can answer their increasingly difficult questions. Part of loving writing is also loving reading and this has rubbed off on my children. By reading to them and with them I’ve shown them how exciting reading can be.

But it doesn’t get my bike folded, the cooker cleaned, the weeds pulled up or decent food on my kids’ plates.


Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. What a trick to have. We can’t all be good at everything but being excellent at one thing is great.

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  2. Love it! I just rode a transformer bike last night for the first time and my stepdad and 7yr old put it up for me. There is no way I would get the hang of it. They are super cool, but complicated looking. I also like to just get in with things without planning and sometimes (a lot of times) this doesn’t go right, but it is a nice surprise when it does. I must admit that I’m scared to comment because I know that I don’t write properly and I know that is annoying! I’m just hoping that auto correct caught everything!

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  3. Ha ha that made me laugh. We all have our talents. I’m not the most practical of people but as hubby is even less so, I have had to become more practical over the years. I would say you are more than one trick though; good mother, good friend, sportswoman … I’m sure there’s more too

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  4. I can relate to this. I often feel like I’m not very good at anything, I am not the sort of person with talent. I used to want to be a writer, but I’m realising I’m not very good at that either! So be glad you have such a wonderful skill, that will be your legacy and is worth much more than always having a perfectly tidy house!

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  5. Ha ha! But what a great writer you are.

    I don’t think I have any talents! I used to dance but clearly I can’t any longer. In fact, just before my mobility deteriorated I was looking into adult dance classes!

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  6. I have a nightmare trying to fold up my kids scooters. As for apostrophes….. I’ve deliberately left them out of this comment as they’ll probably be wrong! #pocolo

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  7. Thanks very much, everyone. Really appreciate your use of the word ‘excellent’, Kizzy! πŸ™‚
    Apologies to anyone who feels nervous about their apostrophe use! I’m not judging you, honest!
    Katie and Christine – glad I’m not the only who finds folding stuff difficult!
    Thanks very much for the compliment, Nikki! Really appreciate that. Impressed that you are practical!

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  8. It’s better to be great in a few areas than mediocre in everything. I’d personally rather read to and inspire my children than be skilled at folding bikes!

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  9. I love your trick. It is a great trick and is much more beneficial than baking a cake which will only make me fatter. Give me an erudite and learned trick any day.

    Linking up with PoCoLo x

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  10. That new key thing struck a chord with me…if someone gives me a key to their house I can never work their door! I’m not too bad with the car bonnet but when it was new and I needed to fill it up, a very helpful gentleman at the next pump couldn’t bear to see me struggling to unlock the fuelcap and did it for me! πŸ™‚ #pocolo

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  11. Glad it’s not just me, Lisa! The other day I was struggling to get my half-folded bike into my car and I couldn’t do it because I couldn’t get my bag off it (and because it wasn’t folded properly)! A kind gentleman helped me to remove the bag!
    Thank you for your support, Rhiannon and Kriss! It is a good ‘trick’ to have, but my husband would rather I had a little bit more common sense! I don’t blame him really, I would quite like some!

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  12. Check you out and about with your new bike!! i would be anxious too about putting it together! x

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  13. Fab trick to have and I love your writing. I understand your fear re your bike……… having ridden a folding bike which decided to fold itself up when I was riding it!!!! #pocolo

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  14. Brilliant! I hate folding and unfolding things like that. It took me two months after my first child was born to go out with the pram. It just stood there in the hallway, folded up. It never quite seemed the right time to try and unfold it for the first time…

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  15. I have to sympathise! I feel I am just OK at lots of things and not excellent at anything! It sounds like you are definitely the go to girl for grammar though – at least I know where to come to πŸ™‚ Thanks for linking to PoCoLo x

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  16. Thanks very much, ladies. Good to know others fear folding and unfolding, Judith! Scary that the bike decided to fold itself while you were riding, WWofL!
    Always a pleasure to join in with PoCoLo, Vic. Unlike you I’m not even OK at things. I am actually crap at them! But happy to check your grammar at any time! πŸ˜‰ x

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  17. I’m sure you’re good at more than you’re giving yourself credit for. Attending to the endless needs of three kids is no mean feat #PoCoLo

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  18. I’m quite envious of you actually, I’m Ok at lots of thing but not really great at anything. Now I’m going to proof read this comment for the next ten minutes to check my grammar! πŸ˜‰

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  19. Thanks very much, ladies. Exactly, Mummy Tries! Looking after three kids isn’t easy and I manage to do that! I don’t manage to do any enriching activities with them, but I get them out of the house on time, feed them, help with homework and everything else.
    Lou – I’m not even OK at most things! So many people have said they’ve had to proofread their comments on this one! Ironically I never proofread my comments, although I always proofread my posts, so sometimes I do make mistakes in comments!

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  20. We are all different, I love grammar like you, and writing too. And I’m not very good in the garden, so it’s ok. We all have different talents and luckily there are gardeners out there! πŸ™‚ x

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  21. Thanks, Lilinha! You sound a lot like me! There are lots of gardeners out there! x

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  22. That is indeed a great trick πŸ™‚ I just shudder of the thought what will happen if you ever visit my blog, which is filled to the brim with misplaced commas (but I do try harder with the apostrophes)… If I fold your bike would you fix my commas? πŸ˜‰

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  23. I’ve visited your blog a few times, Orli, and not been struck by the apostrophes, so they can’t be too bad! I’d be happy for you to fold my bike in exchange for my comma services! πŸ˜‰ Thanks very much for taking the time to comment.

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  24. Aww great post, you are a brilliant writer. Writing is my weak point, I can never write it the way I think it, if this makes sense lol. but as you say we can’t all be good at everything πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing at the weekend blog hop..

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  25. Thanks, Claire, I really appreciate that πŸ™‚ You must be doing something well with your writing, since your blog is so successful. x

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