Soundings

“Don't forget the meatballs, Mum”

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7039.1164 (Published 04 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1164
  1. Judith Hollis-Trantafillou

    You've made it sound too easy,” complained Sheila as she perched on the corner of my desk reading the draft of my previous article on foreign wives [BMJ 13 April]. Being one herself with seemingly insoluble domestic problems she had a perfect right to criticise. “It's all very well getting lyrical over victories being fought for but what about the sheer teethgrinding everyday struggle to communicate in a language with five ‘e's and having to remember the gender of a chair and always missing out on the best jokes? And what about the marriages wrecked by interfering mothers in law; and what about the culturally …

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