Secret Knickers

Big Knickers

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Every woman will understand what I mean when I refer to my secret knickers; the ones that never see the light of day, pushed to the far reaches of the drawer and retrieved in the dark; worn under thick, dark clothing and kept well-hidden.  They’re the ones you never see on the washing line; they’re the ones that are bought when you’re on your own; they’re the ones you definitely don’t want your partner to notice and ask, ‘Oh, is that new?’ and he’d better duck if it leads on to, ‘they suit you’.

The children are starting to notice that there is one particular week every month when they aren’t asked to help with the washing and ironing, one particular week when Mummy spends more time in the bathroom than at any other time of the month, one particular week when Mummy never wears pale, tight clothing.  My daughter is scared that she too will one day inherit this week of mad behaviour, when her father will tiptoe around her if he isn’t able to ‘work late’.  I have explained the logistics of coping with this time in her life, the pitfalls and the moods.  To her credit she hasn’t run screaming from the room.  Instead, she asks, ‘if it’s that bad can I stay home from school?’


About Bea Turvey apprentice author and witch

I am a wild-haired author who cannot stop writing. The writing process is not a task for me. It is an extension of myself. When I write, I lose myself as easily as if I slipped into the story for a swim. Writing became a serious part of my life in Decmber of 2009. Unless you're reading this in 2017 it wasn't that long ago, and the bug hit me hard and fast. My first novel, Banished, was published in March 2010 and is available at If you read it, or anything else I've written, I hope you'll post a review and let me know why you liked it - or even why not!
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2 Responses to Secret Knickers

  1. Ha ha, yes we all know about these… Fun article! xx

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