It reminded me of her outlook yesterday when we were listening to Howard Jacobson being interviewed on Radio Four's Book Programme. He was describing his reaction when finding he had won the Booker Prize, instantly wondering what the deleterious effects would be on his writing and contemplating the down-sides. The interviewer, Jim (Jeremy Hunt) Naughtie, immediately cut in and enquired "You aren't by any chance Scottish?".
It's no coincidence that the word "dour" was invented North of the Border. If my Mum won the National Lottery the conversation would go as follows:
Me: "Mum, I see you've just won a million pounds on the lottery"
My Mum: "A yes, but if only it had been last week when there was a double rollover"
Thank goodness I have a much more cheerful and easy-going attitude to life and am notorious for my light-hearted outlook. In fact this was one of my Christmas Presents this year:
I'm not really sure it was intended for me so will be passing it on to the Post Mistress of a local Village Post Office that we occasionally have to use.