Big Little Lies is too awkward to watch with your parents

SPOILER ALERT: Please note that this relates to the second episode of Big Little Lies. So don’t read this if you don’t want to spoil it.

A few weeks ago, I turned on the TV and the first episode of Big Little Lies had started. Intrigued by the famous cast and the mystery, I thought, why not give this a go?

My Mum is similar to me and enjoys a bit of mystery. We were easily gripped and decided to set the series to record.

Yesterday I realised I had been obsessing over Dexter for too long and needed to watch more Big Little Lies (that and I wanted to draw out Season 8 for as long as possible).

Well I was in for a shocker. Don’t get me wrong, I am quite open with my Mum about sex, but there’s a limit to it, as in no graphic details.

Big Little Lies was way above the limit. It was like watching a porno with my Mum.

There was a scene with Nicole Kidman, where her character has an explosive argument with her husband. He slaps her. She punches him. He slams her hand into a wall. It was really quite nasty, but then the husband stops, drops to his knees then starting apologising and kissing her belly.

Then he’s on his feet and is trying to kiss her, but she keeps pulling away and saying no, like he’s forcing her into it. Next thing I know, he’s flipping her around and shagging her like a rampant rabbit. Oh and they didn’t end it there, they ensured we got to see the climax.

“Ok, that was a bit much,” I said, hoping my words would clear the awkwardness.

Big Little Lies wasn’t finished there. Later on, Nicole Kidman’s husband was away on business and decided to FaceTime her. He asked her to take off her dressing gown. Oh no, not more of this. I pretended to be busy looking at my iPad while she did, but luckily she ended it saying he’d have to come home for more.

Phew, we are near the last few minutes of the show and we’ve made it through without anymore awkwardness. Oh, how wrong I was.

Suddenly I find myself watching Nicole’s husband jacking off over FaceTime while she touches herself (luckily hands are under pants and parts are not exposed).

Tonight we were going to watch the third episode of Big Little Lies. Unfortunately I’ve seen a few articles popping about the fact that there are more racy scenes, involving Nicole’s husbands exposed penis. So it looks like more awkwardness to come.

My Mum went on a date and I eavesdropped

Ok so I didn’t intentionally eavesdrop, it happened by accident. Right place, wrong time sort of thing.

My doctor had upped my anxiety/depression medication and I had a tension headache that wasn’t easing up. I tried keeping myself distracted and went around my sisters. By 8pm my headache got worse. My sister told me to take some painkillers and head straight to bed when I got home.

I knew my Mum was out on her date during the day and was expecting to come home early evening. Well she wasn’t home when I returned.

At this point, my head had hit migraine level. My head throbbed and I just wanted to curl up in bed. My Mum’s hot beanie took too long in the microwave (one minute in reality) and I could barely keep my eyes open while I waited.

Finally, painkillers swallowed and I could clamber into bed.

I was just dozing off when I heard the back door open, announcing my Mums return. But she wasn’t alone.

The man my Mum was on a date with was a work friend. He had been her friend for four years now and they had never considered themselves more than friends. They always chatted at work and over text, but never met up outside work. Since things recently had turned a bit more flirty, it was time to meet up. But my Mum had her doubts that maybe nothing much would happen and he would leave early evening.

I was sure that was kissing sounds. Was I hearing things? I lay in bed for a bit, dozing but aware of the chatter, giggling and the kissing sounds here and there. Was I hearing right?

Curiosity got the better of me and I crept forward to my bedroom door. I opened the door very slightly, trying to do it slowly as the door creaked. Yes, that was definitely kissing.

I went back to bed but just as I was dozing, I realised I needed to pee. I live in a bungalow with my Mum and brother and the bathroom is near the living room, where they were. I was quite sure they didn’t know I was there and I wasn’t keen on meeting someone I didn’t know in my PJs, but I had to pee or I wouldn’t sleep.

I darted to the bathroom, quick and stealthy, without looking towards the living room. Luckily I’d shut the door to the living room so all I could see were blurs through the glass door. Nothing but silence outside the bathroom and I’m sure all they could was my peeing. Great.

I made it back to my bedroom without any embarrassment and soon the chatter continued. I’m sure they were just as embarrassed as I was.

The next morning as I was getting dressed, I started to hear chatter from my Mum’s bedroom next door. Wow, my Mum’s date really did go well.

I hurriedly got dressed, wanting to be out in the living room first. I was just eating some breakfast when my Mum walked in, grinning.

“Went well then?” I grinned back at my Mum.

“Yeah. We didn’t sleep together like that though.”

I followed my Mum into the kitchen, wanting to find out more.

“I felt a bit awkward last night creeping to the loo. I was sure you didn’t know I was there.”

“We didn’t.” My Mum laughed, her voice dropping to a whisper. “We thought you were still at Laura’s-” (my sister) “until we heard you go to the toilet. Michael-” (my brother) “- walked in and I hadn’t realised he was there. I somehow managed to end up with my head on his lap and it was too late to move by the time Michael walked in. He just put his hand forward and said, hi, I’m Michael, nice to meet you.”

We were just discussing the fact that Mum hadn’t expected him to stay the night, how they got drunk and were chatting for hours, when the guy walked in sheepishly.

“Hi, nice to meet you,” I smirked at this stranger, hoping he hadn’t heard us gossiping like high school girls.

“Nice to meet you.” He smiled back.

After that we sat in the living room, making small talk while my Mum made coffee. When my Mum arrived I was glad to see Smokey Joe walk in, allowing me to focus on rubbing my cats belly and get away from the awkward chit chat. Then with a final ‘nice to meet you’, I escaped to work.

So I somehow managed to put myself in an awkward position. But it was great to see my Mum looking so happy.

My Mum inspires me

My Mum has been through a lot. She was with my Dad for about 30 years when he decided to leave her for another woman. Since then, for the last five years he has left that woman and come back to my Mum on a few occasions. He is now with that other woman.

Since my Dad left, my Mum started suffering from from anxiety and depression. The last time Dad left again, six months ago now, she really hit rock bottom. She took some time off work and started on antidepressants.

Despite all the pain, she went back to work and carried on with life. I recently moved in with her and we’ve had several good heart to hearts. This is where she inspires me. Because she tells me she still gets down about things, yet she doesn’t give up. Through all the pain, she has the courage to keep going. She’s started going out more and chatting to people online. She’s no longer hiding away and that takes a lot of bravery.

It goes to show that we all have the strength to get better ❤