Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Friday, 11 December 2015
Don't ever stop playing
I'm fed up with conflict. I seem to be upsetting everyone these days, except for the people I see face to face. It must be an interpretation problem.
The young lot in my life are really nice, and actually seem to appreciate - even encourage - my disgusting sense of humour. Maybe it's just the novelty of seeing someone older than their parents who hasn't yet lost his schoolboy traits.
The last misunderstanding was to do with the Father Jack avatar I use, and a couple of people started to talk to me in the Father Jack style, with lots of 'fecking' thrown in (I cannot understand why 'feck' is generally acceptable in Ireland - maybe Mise can help), so I responded with 'feck off' (even my spell-checker thinks this word should be spelt differently) to all of them, and some of them took it personally. I never explain jokes, so I didn't put them at ease.
The older I get, the more I love small children, and many of my young friends have them. Unbelievably to me, each one is a real cutie. One in particular - a 4 year-old boy - has inexplicably expressed his love for me since he could first talk, and asks his mother if they can go to the pub just to say hello to me. Luckily, his mum likes a drink, so his wish is usually granted. He used to think that I lived in the pub, and nobody saw any reason to tell him otherwise.
There is one 29 year old woman who I see there almost every day since she returned from university, and I first met her in the same pub when she was a baby. Her father was an alcoholic. She is still a cutie and I think her father may still be functioning on booze.
Last night I was wondering why I like children so much more than I used to, and came to the conclusion that it is because they arrive without baggage.
Then I remember the last line of Christopher Robin, when he breaks the news to Pooh about having to leave and go to school, at the end of a warm Summer in the country which seemed as if it would go on forever.