New Year’s Resolutions

It’s New Year’s Day. Everyone is slouching in front of the TV. Only the TV is off, because one of my Wife’s New Year resolutions is that the family should watch less TV. She hasn’t quantified exactly how many hours of TV that means we can watch this year or how it’s going to beContinue reading “New Year’s Resolutions”

Christmas Crackers

We didn’t watch the film ‘Zulu’ this Christmas. Instead, we relived it. Not literally, of course. But, as wave after wave of friends and relatives hurled themselves upon our hospitality, continuously probing for shortfalls in our goodwill and our wine supplies, home felt like Rorke’s Drift, the beleaguered army post in the movie.  There wereContinue reading “Christmas Crackers”

Mother nearly sets the house on fire

It is essential Mother doesn’t feel like a lodger in our home if this experiment in our family life is to work. According to my wife, she must have full citizenship, not just a second rate settled status. ‘She has to feel this home is as much hers as ours. We must encourage her toContinue reading “Mother nearly sets the house on fire”