Susie Fowler-Watt:

This month Susie is won­der­ing what present you get for the man who has (al­most) ev­ery­thing

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What do you get the man who has ev­ery­thing?

De­spite a wealth of web­sites ded­i­cated to the is­sue, I still don’t be­lieve there’s a use­ful an­swer for that age-old ques­tion ‘what do you buy the man who has ev­ery­thing?’

My hus­band does not have ev­ery­thing, but he cer­tainly has ev­ery­thing he needs (and too much of most of it). Over the years I’ve been quite proud of some of the presents I’ve come up with for his birth­day, but come Christ­mas the poor man falls down the pri­or­ity list some­what and the amount of time and ef­fort I can put in is hugely di­min­ished.

This year, a tie will prob­a­bly fea­ture in the pile of rather un­ex­cit­ing gifts he opens on De­cem­ber 25th. That’s be­cause, how­ever many ties he has, he never seems to have one with him when he needs it.

In fact, he is the only per­son I know who’s knocked on a stranger’s door to ask if he can bor­row one! It hap­pened when Alex was sent to do a court re­port in Es­sex.

Trundling along the A140 he sud­denly re­alised he’d for­got­ten to put on a tie. For some re­port­ing jobs this might not be a prob­lem, but go­ing to court nor­mally re­quires more for­mal at­tire.

I’ve learnt that Alex does not think in the same way as most other peo­ple. His sense of logic is, shall we say, ‘al­ter­na­tive’, although some­how it works for him.

So, on this tie-less oc­ca­sion, he de­cides to pull over on the A140, to find an item of cloth­ing in a place with no shops. He knocks on a few doors with no luck, un­til he gets to Adrian’s house.

Luck­ily Adrian is not phased by this ran­dom man turn­ing up on his doorstep and ask­ing for a tie. He lends him one, and for his gen­eros­ity, gets the sat­is­fac­tion of see­ing it on the TV news that evening.

The kind­ness of strangers – not some­thing you can buy some­one for Christ­mas, but worth more than any present I can come up with. WHILE the ‘big’ man in my life is a chal­lenge to buy for, the ‘lit­tle man’ – my six-year-old son – is a dod­dle. Last year it was Lego - of any type. We now have a whole cup­board full of Lego kits, all with a cou­ple of vi­tal pieces miss­ing. They must be in some se­cret space in the house, along with a mul­ti­tude of odd socks and sev­eral pairs of Alex’s read­ing glasses.

This year it is foot­ball - a typ­i­cal pas­time for a lit­tle chap. But my chap not only likes play­ing and watch­ing foot­ball (any game, any time, any place), he also spends hours crunch­ing the stats.

It all started with the World Cup in the sum­mer. He learned the points for ev­ery group, the scores for ev­ery game, and who scored ev­ery goal. When he’d done that, he started work­ing back through pre­vi­ous World Cups. Then the new foot­ball sea­son started and he had a whole load of new stats to pore over.

This morn­ing on the school run we were dis­cussing the mer­its of dif­fer­ent penalty tak­ers. I have played World Cup top trumps so many times that I now know de­tailed in­for­ma­tion about 30 peo­ple I hadn’t even heard of six months ago.

I come from a fam­ily of sport-mad men, but see­ing it through a six-year-old’s eyes is dif­fer­ent. It’s a fas­ci­na­tion for him, and has opened up a new world full of pas­sion, ex­cite­ment and – prob­a­bly – fre­quent dis­ap­point­ment.

Most im­por­tantly for me, it’s vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble to run out of foot­ball-re­lated present ideas, so that’s at least one mem­ber of the fam­ily sorted for Christ­mas! N

ABOVE:The kind­ness of strangers; Alex Dunlop does his TV re­port wear­ing a bor­rowed tie

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