‘Does it matter?’ Boy, 12, leaves a heartwarming note on the bathroom scales after noticing his mum was weighing herself every morning
・A 12-year-old boy noticed his mum was weighing herself every morning
・The boy, from Perth, left a note on the scales that read ‘does it matter?’
・His mum found the note and was so touched she shared the words on Facebook
・’His note has helped me feel better, I don’t need to lose weight,’ she said
A self-conscious mum was left a sweet note from her son who noticed she was weighing herself every day.
Mum-of-two, Kelly McCarron, 35, has been trying to improve her health by changing her diet and exercising from the start of this year with her husband Ruairi, 37.
The couple, from Perth, Australia, have been trying out new ways to lose weight that involve 16 hours of fasting and eight hours of eating in moderation per day.
Stay at home mum, Kelly, admits she eats for comfort and steps on the scales more than she should – but her son Jack, 12, has changed her feelings towards the scales.
Macmillan Dictionary によると ” embarrassed or worried about how you look or what other people think of you “という風に記載されていますね。
Knowing they were watching me made me feel very self-conscious.
a self-conscious laugh
He looked uncomfortable, like a self-conscious adolescent.
Stop staring – you make me self-conscious.
She‘s very self-conscious about her figure.
Macmillan Dictionary によると ” the quality of doing something within reasonable limits: “という風に記載されていますね。
You can eat whatever you want as long as it’s in moderation.
stay-at-home mum/dad (noun)
Macmillan Dictionary によると ” a parent who stays at home to look after their children instead of working outside the home “という風に記載されていますね。
She is a veterinary technician who recently became a stay-at-home mom.
‘I used to weigh 55kg but now currently weigh 64kg so I’ve put on 9kg in the last two odd years which I understand isn’t obese but I would like to get back to my old self,’ she said.
‘I am pretty hard on myself but when you have two children to look after, you end up putting yourself last.
‘Jack and Ayla, 8, were being super helpful around the house last week which I found strange as they have never done this before.’
put on (phrasal verb)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” if you put on weight, you become fatter “という風に記載されていますね。
She put a lot of weight on after the children were born.
I’ve put on 2kg in the last month.
I put on weight when I went away to college.
odd minute/moment (phrase)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” a short period of free time “という風に記載されていますね。
Come and look at my photos when you’ve got the odd few minutes.
I’ll phone her when I can find the odd moment.
your old self (phrase)
Macmillan Dictionary によると ” the way that you normally were in the past, before something happened “という風に記載されていますね。
Now you’re talking like your old self again!
be hard on (phrase)
Cambridge Dictionary によると ” to criticize someone severely, or to treat someone unfairly: “という風に記載されていますね。
Don’t be too hard on him – he’s new to the job.
Aerobics is quite hard on the knees.
The following day, she spotted a piece of paper on the scales that she went to throw in the bin – before noticing words on it.
‘It read “does it matter?” and I then realised, it absolutely doesn’t – I noticed that I would mainly weigh myself when I am not feeling great about myself,’ she said.
‘I have decided to keep the message on the scales and monitor my weight by taking pictures of myself to see the progression rather than religiously weighing myself.
‘Sometimes my daughter steps on and copies me and I tell her immediately to get off and remind her she doesn’t need to weigh herself. The note from Jack made me realise, I should take my own advice and stop it also.’
Macmillan Dictionary によると ” gradual change or development “という風に記載されていますね。
Career progression from trainee to junior management levels can be rapid.
Drugs can slow down the progression of the disease.
The drug can slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
Macmillan Dictionary によると ” in ways or subjects relating to religion: “という風に記載されていますね。インフォーマルな表現になると、” If you do something religiously, you do it regularly: “ となります。
I exercise religiously, I really do.
She watches that programme religiously.
He visits his mother religiously every week.
Kelly was touched by her son’s note so she posted it on Facebook and it got over 1,100 likes.
‘His note really has helped me feel better about myself, I don’t need to lose weight it is just a healthier life I am after,’ Kelly said.
‘There is no need for me to beat myself up and step on the scales daily – I shared the picture online because I thought there might be another woman out there who needed to see it.’
beat yourself up (phrasal verb)
Macmillan Dictionary によると ” to blame or criticize yourself, usually in a way that is unfair or unnecessary: “という風に記載されていますね。
If you fail, don’t beat yourself up; just try again.
It’s time you stopped beating yourself up over this.
最後に、内容が理解でき、新しい単語も知ることができたら、必ずCambridge Dictionaryか、Macmillan Dictionaryで例文を読むようにしてください。そして一番シンプルで、自分が日常使いしときやすそうなもをノートやスマホに書き溜めておいてください。そしてこれを移動中の時などに声に出して覚えることが本当に大事です！（電車では難しいので、僕はよく歩きますw）