You try to be a good parent; you raise your kids to the best of your ability, then you would like to spend some time with them because they are all grown up, but they don't want to be with you anymore because you are uncool. What a dagger in the heart this is to mothers.
My sister-in-law Paula in London wrote:
"My kids hardly ever come out with us anymore. sob! The other Sunday Louis and I were told by our kids Sam and Georgia that we are an embarrassment. I took great offense and when they left the table burst into tears. I took the dog for a long walk, sobbing intermittently, but not before slamming the front door so hard it nearly came off its hinges!
After I stomped round the park for an hour blubbing I decided I better go home as I was all out of tears, and it was starting to rain. Just as I approached the house, I spotted one of the lads who has his eye on Georgia walking down the driveway with a bunch of flowers in his hand. So I had to hide behind a tree so not to spoil the moment. Can you imagine a bleary-eyed middle-aged woman wearing an old Barbour jacket arriving at the door pushing her way between love's young dream!"
Here is a pic of Paula and Louis in Tuscany last summer. They don't look like embarrassments to me.
But wait, on the other hand, here's a pic of my husband and Louis 'taking the waters' in a spa in Italy on the same trip. Now this is embarrassing: