Mother is 79, Step Mother is 73.
Mother, lousy cook Step Mother excellent cook.
Mother won't use public transport, Step Mother uses country trains.
Mother doesn't drive. Step Mother drives and has her own car and has speeding fines to prove it.
Mother does not have a mobile phone and would not have clue how to text. Step mother has a non smart mobile phone and uses it to call people and text.
Mother asks people to look at stuff on the net for her and print it out. Step Mother's first computer had Windows 3.1 operating system back in the 90s.
Mother uses disposable film cameras. Step Mother uses a digital camera and a digital camcorder.
Mother has a pretty garden. Step Mother has a functional garden that includes vegetables and fruit trees.
Mother can sew on a button. Step Mother has a sewing machine, a knitting machine and an overlocker and is competent in the use of them.
Mother never has enough money and says she does not receive enough money to budget. Step Mother has budgeted her whole life and lives very comfortably. Wedding reception in Rose Bay, Sydney and a holiday in Cairns this year.
Mother has never really worked a paid job. Step Mother worked most of her life, still working part time in her late sixties.
Mother moans about the costs of utilities, especially electricity. Step Mother has solar panels that generate income.
Mother doesn't read books or newspapers. Step Mother reads both.
Mother reads trash mags. Step Mother does not.
Mother is educated, Step Mother is not.
What can I say positive about Mother who is a such a hard work person along with all those underachievements? Mother is friendly, charming, outgoing, vivacious and when Mother enters a room, people notice. She has great presence. Step Mother after meeting you might retire to her bedroom to read a book.
R loved Mother upon meeting her, as did she R. R was convinced Step Mother hated him when they met.
They are chalk and cheese yet I love them both dearly. Remarkably they share the same old fashioned first name.