Saturday, 11 August 2012
A View of Cherry Tomatoes
One thing about visiting my eccentric (to me) brother is to constantly marvel that his two sons are real chips off the old block. The 18-year old, although brilliant, didn't fit into the school 'system' and consequently disappointed his parents by not getting the grades to go to university. However, he has immediately had the good luck to be able to get a job in Software Programming through a family friend who runs a business which basically sells a programme called 'Quoteworks' which they sell and customise for companies. (At least, I think that's what it's about). Unluckily, one of the partners suddenly died and left a gap for a programmer. and lo, this young man now happily departs every morning on his scooter, earns a reasonable first salary as a 'trainee' and pays his mother for his board and lodging, while building up a CV. The other youngster, 16, has the school cup for Mathematics, is the Chess champion and good grades for everything, but failed his 11+ exam! He is a fussy eater: one of the many things he dislikes is tomatoes in general and in particular, cherry tomatoes. When challenged, his reply was: "They have a weird surface area in relation to the inner liquid". I have to admit I was a bit gobsmacked but not really surprised.