Now, Brenda is a lovely, lovely lady and Dad always enjoys a visit from her, but it has to be said that she is not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
We got onto the subject of holidays and I mentioned that we had just been to Wales for a week.
Brenda: Oh, is that the same Wales I go to?
Me: Yes....I imagine it is.
Brenda: I go to North Wales, but what I can't understand is why South Wales is such a long way from it.
Me: Erm....well, yes because it's in the south.
Brenda: Is Cardiff in South Wales?
Brenda: Y'see, that's what I don't understand, because Cardiff is next to London isn't it?
Me: Erm....no, it's not, it's in south Wales.
Brenda: But London's in the south too, so they must be close to each other.
God love her, she was a trifle confused about the geography of the British Isles, but after a quick sketch and a few labels I think she got it.
Then she asked me where my girls where.
Me: Oh, they've just gone to France with their Dad for two weeks.
Brenda: France...is that next to Wales?
I kid you not. I came away feeling amused but incredulous at how someone can be so unaware of their country and continent. Unbelievable.
PS. I have included a map for any non-UK readers of my blog, who may not be familiar with the geography, and not to insult anyone's intelligence! I live in North West England.