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 Kate Holt/ActionAid; Sylvain Cherkaoui/Cosmos/ActionAid; Laura Elizabeth Pohl/ActionAid.

I live in a privileged world of fantastically-groomed yummy mummies. The topic of the conversation seems to be the bonus of your husband right now. I suppose that it is this time of the year. I remember reading somewhere that the bankers’ bonuses were supposed to be capped. I thought that it was going to be a bombshell but frankly it doesn’t seem to make the slightest difference. I still hear them talk about private jets, magnificent yachts and holiday homes all around the world. Most of the other mums are spending the Easter break in the Maldives, in Barbados, or in other fantastic locations. As for me, here I am, in London, waiting to become an aunt again, and trying to care, as much as possible, for elderly relatives. Oh, and also trying to file my business accounts -complete and utter nightmare- while keeping the kids busy. Not so yummy mummy, after all. I am simply drained.

Things got to a head when I overheard one alpha mum tell everybody that she had just spent more than £600 on a new hairstyle. What? Seriously, how can you spend £600 in one go on your hair? She then added that she had just had a colonic irrigation gone wrong. Too much information, thank you vey much.

So that’s how they get so skinny, I thought. Colonic irrigation. Well, not for me. 

I started to wonder how you can have such a great education and become so vain. Where did we all go wrong? Millions of women around the world are longing for an education, trying to make a living in difficult conditions and here we are, talking about luxurious holidays and other empty niceties. What is going on? When did we lose our sense of perspective?

So, here is my little secret when I start indulging in some self pity: I support a charity. Action Aid has launched a campaign called She Can. Please visit their page, and donate if you can. Frankly, I wish that I could make more of a difference, but, hey, it is a good starting point, right? And, best of all, the women supported by Action Aid will make good use of their education. What’s not to like about it?

Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London
  • Muriel, your self pity does so much more for the world that an expensive hairdo or a procedure that is probably dangerous to their health anyway. You are a good person, stay that way.

    • Thank you Fran. I am doing what I can. I am sure that I could do more but hey, here we are.

  • Muriel thank you for your generous spirit and choosing to make a difference where it counts. This is a beautiful organization and doing great work! I too love to give back in any way I can be it with my time, talent or treasure, and I always make sure we give as a family as I certainly do not want my daughters to become anything other than the beautiful life giving souls they already are. Money can do powerful things good or not so good and I love that your placing your where it can make a real diiference.

    • Thank you for this comment Valerie. It is all a matter of perspective. It is also all about not forgetting that we are all humans.

  • Wow! Keep going ‘girl’… you deserve all the happiness and love in the world.. much more real than any ‘colonic’ treatment can ever give you.. real happiness!!! 🙂

    • The colonic thing is far too much for me. I couldn’t even consider it.

  • What a tedious bunch to hang out with. I hate money-obsessed talk. I went out with a guy once who was a businessman and all he talked about was money and business opportunities. It was sooooo boring!

    • It can be very boring. I think that it is all about being open-minded. And I am trying (sometimes with limited success I must admit) not to let my daily routine get to me.

  • I knew I loved you for many reasons 🙂 You’re my type of ‘lady’!

  • We have a policy. Every payment we receive involves a similar- albeit smaller- payment to the charity voted by the staff. (We actually use a running tally of ten, because the 1rst of the month typically involves the receipt of 10 payments at once…)
    It certainly reminds everyone that we are working for clients and ourselves- and the rest of the world.

    • That’s a fantastic rule Roy! It is all about being open-minded and staying this way, right?

  • We should all run our business’ and lives as a bit more of a social enterprise. I’m a big believer that you get back what you put in. 🙂

    • I think that you are right. You do get back what you put in…

  • What? Colonic irrigation? I will not bother to look it up, ladies, get a life! What I did, however, was checking out the website of Action Aid, followed them on twitter and did some RT.
    Thanks, Muriel, every little gesture makes a difference!

  • I love your kind heart! And your practicality.

    • Thank you Marie. We are all doing what we can, right?