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When I was mistaken for a witch….?

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Witzend Mon 11-Oct-21 10:44:54

Since the H word is coming up, I thought you might enjoy this.

Coming up to Halloween decades ago, when I didn’t even look anything like as much like a scary old hag as I do now, I went with dh to Homebase to find a besom broom, for sweeping leaves off the lawn.

Dh has always had a habit of wandering off and disappearing in shops, and that was no exception.

So having found my besom broom, and paid for it, I stood fuming by the checkouts, clutching my broom and waiting ages for him to re-appear.

Standing nearby was a woman with a little boy of maybe 4 or 5, who I suddenly noticed was cowering behind his mother’s skirt, his face just peeping round, his eyes fixed on me.
I was close enough to hear his fearful half-whisper - ‘Mummy, is she a witch?’
The poor woman was mortified!

Dds, , then in their teens, found it hilarious, and have told the story with relish many times since.

MissAdventure Mon 11-Oct-21 10:46:01

How funny!!!

Blossoming Mon 11-Oct-21 10:55:24

Did you cast a spell on him?

FannyCornforth Mon 11-Oct-21 10:56:30

That’s lovely! ?

Callistemon Mon 11-Oct-21 10:58:39

Are you The Worst Witch?

Germanshepherdsmum Mon 11-Oct-21 10:59:16

Love it!?

crazyH Mon 11-Oct-21 10:59:51

That’s so funny ???

midgey Mon 11-Oct-21 11:04:27

Hope you reassured the little beast! My husband was often mistaken for Father Christmas, he had white hair and and bushy white beard, he nearly always went along with!

Witzend Mon 11-Oct-21 11:05:42

Dd1 even told it to her German exchange family (Mum mistaken for a Hexe - I dare say it was a good exercise for her German) and they all found it riotously funny, too. Only the mother spared a bit of sympathy for me - ‘Die arme Mutti!
(Poor Mummy!)

Grandmadinosaur Mon 11-Oct-21 11:14:33

Oops ??

Aldom Mon 11-Oct-21 11:28:40

Love your story Witzend. Years ago, when we lived in a very old house, I had a besom broom. It was the authentic 'witches broom' made of twigs and lived by the back door. A friend called to see me one day and when I opened the door she said, 'I knew you were home, your broomstick's here'.
I still chuckle at the memory.

Nortsat Mon 11-Oct-21 11:32:19

Lovely anecdotes Witzend and Aldom ??

Witzend Mon 11-Oct-21 11:44:09

Aldom ?.

Namsnanny Mon 11-Oct-21 11:49:30

I'm glad you posted this Witzend it did make me laugh.
I've been fuming at the check out waiting for a dawdling husband many a time, so it held a special resonance for me.??‍♀️?

dottiem7 Mon 11-Oct-21 11:57:20

Having purchased a replacement broom the assistant enquired "how will you get it home?" Husband replied no problem she will ride it home!

FannyCornforth Mon 11-Oct-21 12:09:42

DH ‘found’ a witch’s broom on a job that he was on and brought it home for me.
I was going to do something with it, but haven’t.
Now that Halloween is around the corner, I’ve got a good excuse to get in from out of the shed and do something with it.
The original plan was to put a toy black cat on it ?‍⬛
So thank you for reminding me

sodapop Mon 11-Oct-21 17:04:00

?? love it Witzend

JaneJudge Mon 11-Oct-21 17:10:19

very good grin

AGAA4 Mon 11-Oct-21 17:10:26

Perhaps the little boy was hoping there was "Room on the Broom" Witzend grin

Davida1968 Tue 12-Oct-21 11:13:02

There are some very glamorous witches: perhaps he thought you're one of those?

polnan Tue 12-Oct-21 11:16:28

I am a witch! a good one, I hasten to add.

Georgesgran Tue 12-Oct-21 11:17:02

midgey - my DGS is now shouting Ho Ho Ho at any older men with white beards!

Ro60 Tue 12-Oct-21 11:19:12

? thanks for sharing ?

Theoddbird Tue 12-Oct-21 11:27:34

I was once given a book of spell weaving along with flowers for my birthday by someone I was going out with He said he saw it in a book shop and said it just seemed to suit me. Many have said that they have often thought I was a witch. One wise person said he thought I was a hedge witch. Maybe I am....who knows. I have four spell books now but have never used any of them...maybe I should...grin

Rileysnana Tue 12-Oct-21 11:34:41

That is so funny. Bet your bad mood went straight away. Little children are brilliant. When yours are grown up you forget how good their observational comedy was.