Di­ary Of A Bad Dad

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Views - Writ­ten by Nigel Thorn­ton www.peter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Peter­bor­oughTel

To­day is a sad day for this col­umn as it marks the re­tire­ment of School­girl T. A week into her aca­demic life I’ve de­cided to let her get on with school with­out hav­ing to worry about her dad mak­ing smart Aleck re­marks about her in this news­pa­per.

I’m sure I’ll find plenty of other ways to em­bar­rass her.

Her re­tire­ment does though pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for Tod­dler­na­tor the Ter­ri­ble to take cen­tre stage. I think he’s ready for it. He is cur­rently ob­sessed with oc­to­puses (oc­topi?) and in­sists I draw him one at every op­por­tu­nity.Mrs T, in a rare case of parental lais­sez faire has al­lowed the chil- dren to chalk on the pa­tio. I don’t ap­prove but as usual that counts for lit­tle and now it is lit­tered with badly drawn oc­to­puses. De­spite my B in O Level art, Mrs T, who seems to think she’s the next Brian Sewell, slammed my ef­forts. “That one’s only got six legs and,’’ she added in­cre­du­ously, “that one’s got five!’’

Did Pi­casso get this sort of grief?

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