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A Little Piece of the Past [Feb. 18th, 2004|09:34 am]
Young Geoffrey
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Among his other fatherly duties, my dad would sometimes sing to us at bedtime.

(I don't know what song the tune was based on; sorry.)

Oh perfect child,
Oh perfect child,
Oh perfect, perfect, perfect child;

Oh perfect child,
Oh perfect child,
Oh perfect, perfect, perfect child;

Perf, perf, perf, perf,
Perfect, perfect, perfect child!

Ahem. Though he did believe in discipline, Dad also thought it a good idea to impress upon that he thought we were all right.

Which perhaps goes some way towards explaining why, even in my darkest moments, I have always thought rather highly of myself.

Post-script: While I'm on the subject, my wonderful kindergarten teacher, whom I remember only as Miss Matthews, described me thusly to my parents at one of those parent/teacher meetings: "Well, Geoffrey is ... perfect!"

Or so family lore has it.

From: borntohula
2004-02-18 09:00 am (UTC)
Heh, my childhood was littered with, "Mary is so intelligent and bright and capable of so much! Now if she just tried harder..." Literally. It was amazing. Every school, every teacher. I still did very well for myself but I think at some point I got so sick of people criticising my level of effort that I just stopped making the effort altogether.

And that's how I turned out this way! *paws at the camera*
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2004-02-19 10:12 am (UTC)


I managed to miss most of that "if [he] just tried harder". My 'rents weren't (aren't) too concerned with traditional ideas of "success" - which might go some way towards explaining how I managed to drop out of both high school and university with barely any guilt at all.
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