|Google image resembling my brother's study|
Chatted to my brother on Skype yesterday: he related an amazing change in his 18-year-old son (the one who got dreadful marks in Matric but is immediately working as a Software Developer). It is to do with the state of his bedroom. For my dad's funeral, I wanted to mount a display of photographs and my sister-in-law reluctantly admitted that we might find a suitable pinboard in her son's bedroom - but she was ashamed to let me inside. Assuring her that I was unshockable we ventured in after pushing open the door with some difficulty. Sure enough the way was almost impenetrable, there being about a six inch layer of debris covering every inch of floor, but we tiptoed over it, unfortunately crunching on a couple of hidden items on the way (CDs or memory sticks?) and retrieved the said pinboard from behind the radiator, whence it had slipped from its moorings on the wall. Pleasingly for me, it was in a clean and virgin state, never having been used - so that was good for my purpose, if testimony to the failure of intent of the original gift i.e. to encourage M to organise his life. A month later, now established as a working man and also recently put in charge of a Boy Scout group, M has developed a conscience about setting an example for the younger boys and of his own volition, he has tidied up his room, thrown out years of rubbish and vacuumed his floor. My brother says the carpet looks like new, as it has never seen the light of day, much less had any exposure to strong sun. Hmm.. wonder how long this will last? Perhaps my brother should address the question of his own study.