I'm off to Jane Seymour's old place in a minute, but just time for a quick rant. If they accuse me of turning up late, I will remind them that I am paid by results, not the hour.
There was much talk about relative age yesterday, and how - now that most of us have hit the 60 mark - 40 year-old children remain children, as we did to our parents.
I was standing outside the pub with another 60+ year old a few days ago, when two 16 (I guess) year-old girls walked past, wearing matching, very tight hot-pants. This produces a contradictory reaction in most ordinary males of any age, the most acceptable one being, 'I would not let my daughter/grand-daughter go out like that', and you don't even have to be a Moslem fundamentalist to think like that. The other is simply a reaction caused by biological programming, and there is nothing - short of chemical castration - that we can do about it.
Seeing my children and grandchildren was really reassuring yesterday, because every parent - even a bad parent - want their children to be attractive on every level. Attractive people get on better in life than unattractive ones, and we want our offspring to get on in life, on whatever terms suit them.
That is not to say that if your child seems to be inappropriately portraying herself as a sex-kitten, you shouldn't step in with a few quiet words about moderation - it's a fine line.
Try not to panic is the answer, but who am I to say, bad parent that I have been?
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