On mistakes.

Ugh! I am feeling wholly dysfunctional today.

On the work undone.

[It’s time to turn out the lights after bedtime reading. Allie sits up in her sleep and mumbles…]

I’ve been working on it… I’ve been working on it…

I know, buddy. you can rest now.

On future plans.

Mum. You know that I want to attend Cambridge University.


I feel like I need to take some steps to make sure I get there. Would you help me with that?


Do you have any advice for something specific I can do right now? It’s very important that I get started.

On swimming.

[Allie is getting into an unheated pool.]

[Sigh] I was really hoping for more of a controlled descent…


On Gilgamesh.

[Allie is about to begin her study of the Epic of Gilgamesh.]

So, kiddo – you get to read Gilamesh tomorrow!


I mean, not the whole thing – it’s quite long.

Right. Obviously. IT IS AN EPIC, AFTER ALL. [Rolls eyes.]

On bananas.

Hello, banana-friend. In spite of your exterior, you do not have a single blemish inside your skin.

And now, I am going to eat you.

On multi-tasking.

I’m going to the bathroom to read my sonnet.


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