Dubai's Desperate Housewife

Trials and traumas of a full-time mum in Dubai

Mums: To what do you compare your life?

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I sometimes think of my life as a champagne fountain.

Just don't pick the centre glass


And, while I’d like to imagine that means it’s glamorous, sparkling and pleasurable, the reality has nothing to do with fun and everything to do with the balancing act that’s required to stop the whole precarious creation from toppling.

I pack so much into my days, from 6am to 10pm, that there’s not a lot of room for leeway. Take out a glass in the middle of the fountain – in other words, sabotage a 12pm appointment by turning up 10 minutes late – and the whole day topples like dominoes.

Those women (and I know a few), who, when you ask them what they’ve got planned for the day, say “Oh, I might go back to bed after the school run”, or “Maybe I’ll download some more games on the iPad” – those women? We are a different species.

But other mums I know liken their lives to spinning plates on sticks – dashing from one stick to another to stop the whole lot from crashing down. I understand that because I once had it, but I don’t really feel it since I stopped working full-time.

Other days I see myself as a swan, gliding gracefully along a river with my head held high, but paddling like mad underwater where no-one can see that my little yellow legs are struggling against the current (do swans pant? I’ve been known to pant).

And on really bad days I see myself as a tiny little spider trying desperately to climb the inside wall of a wet highball tumbler; forever sliding back down to the bottom just before I reach the rim. But, to be honest, that only really happens on the days when I’m trying to have a civil conversation with our bank .


Written by mrsdubai

May 1, 2012 at 7:59 pm

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  1. Speaking for one whose mothers “little yellow legs are struggling against the current” let me tell you that your child will eventually appreciate all the hard work. I do wish you the best in a foreign land.
    Although I feel this may, on one hand be wildly inappropriate, on the other I think that offering our startups’ services to you may be helpful on the days when the “tumblers” edges seem to be going growing and the glass bottom seems harder than normal. Sometimes getting the creature comforts of home can help ease a rough transition. If this may be the case let us know. In one of those free seconds which you don’t have (maybe after your 6am to 10 pm shift) check our “about us” page out and drop us a line at and let us know what we can pick up for you. Cheers and all the best.


    May 2, 2012 at 1:05 am

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