A new survey ahead of Mother’s Day, by Interflora, has revealed that more than two thirds of Irish people think they are turning into their mothers
The floral service questioned 500 sons and daughters across the country about the relationship with their mums, and reveals when ‘Mummy-morphosis’ is most likely to happen.
The research reveals that 64 per cent admit we have already started to ‘turn into our mums’ by inheriting their habits (37 per cent), phrases (31 per cent) and even sense of style (4 per cent).
However, rather than this being seen as a negative, 26 per cent embrace the change, considering it to be a ‘brilliant thing’, while the vast majority (68 per cent) describe themselves as having a ‘strong’ relationship with their mum.
Interestingly, it’s the men of Ireland who ‘turn into their mums’ first (aged 23) compared with women (aged 28).
The study also revealed the most common mum habits:
• Hoarding carrier bags
• Swapping Saturday nights on the town for Saturday nights in
• Beginning to let comfort win over style
• Always writing shopping lists
• Often moaning about the weather
• Having a bag that weighs a tonne
• Constantly tidying up
• Starting to complain more – especially about the weather and bad customer service
• Buying in bulk when there’s an offer on at a supermarket
• Having an emergency medical supplies stash
• Developing a ‘phone voice’
• Carrying an emergency pound coin in my purse
• Ironing everything, including pillowcases and underwear
• Modern music starts to sound the same
• Carrying tissues up your sleeve
Bethany Day, Brand Manager for Interflora, says: “Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity not only to reflect on the many ways our mums continue to shape our lives and personalities, but also to show our appreciation for their endless love and support.”
For more information visit www.interflora.co.uk/turning-into-mum
Take a look at some of these favourite clips of Irish mammies expressions and general carrying on. No acting the maggot now. (Language alert applies!)
And this “You Know you’re Irish when…” classic:
“Did you put the messages in the press?”