Coun­try Mouse

Size does mat­ter

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

THE road to down­siz­ing starts, I’ve dis­cov­ered, with the fridge. As the chil­dren grew, so did the size of the fridge. The cur­rent one is colos­sal. Most days, it was filled to the brim, but could only barely keep up with the de­mands of my starv­ing brood and their friends.

Now that Harry’s moved to a flat in Lon­don and Char­lie’s at univer­sity, the fridge lies half full for most of the week. It’s now too big for our needs and I sup­pose the house will soon feel that way, too. Harry’s bed­room is now a quiet place and oddly tidy.

The el­dest mov­ing out is one of those pas­sages of par­ent­hood. Rent­ing in Lon­don is pro­hib­i­tively ex­pen­sive and I won­dered whether Harry knew the real cost, so far hid­den to him, of things such as wash­ing pow­der, elec­tric­ity and the like. I was pol­ish­ing my shoes when I re­alised that he didn’t have a set of brushes, so I rang him with the of­fer to buy some and to find out how he was get­ting on.

Fab­u­lously, as it turned out—he and his two flat­mates had just bought a vast tele­vi­sion with a 46in screen. ‘I’m sorted Dad,’ he said. MH

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