Sunday, November 25, 2007


Having been away in Bournemouth for a couple of days, I returned to find Emma immersed in a local debate about schools and education generally. She explained:

Emma: …So you see, I – we – we’re all for making schools better and improving everyone’s chances, but if the changes that have to be made to make improvement happen means that kids at good schools have to move or be integrated into wholly different mixes of kids and teachers as part of wholesale systemic change, then I’m not sure that change can be such a good thing… if some have got to lose out for others to gain.

I considered this, and replied - something along the lines of that being a great middle class tension – the kind of sentiment that underpins the idea that when there’s a case of haves and have-nots, you have to ensure that the haves become the haves-for-keeps before the have-nots can be raised. Clear enough? Admittedly, a bit wanky, but still, we were understanding one other, or so I thought.

Emma: You see, you make a lot of sense, I’m sure, but y’ know…
Shane: (pause) What?
Emma: Well, I just can’t take you seriously when you’re wearing that sweater.

Shane: It’s my new favourite lounging about the house sweater.
Emma: Yes. And it’s come all the way from America, because your old blogger friend sent it, because he said your’s was one of the better entries in a caption contest, yes, you might have mentioned something about that.
Shane: Mm.
Emma: But you do look ridiculous, you do know that?
Shane: (pause) Jim doesn’t think so.
Emma: Jim is a cat.
Shane: He tried to wear the sweater too.
Emma: No – he tried to use the sweater as bedding as he commandeered the box that the sweater was posted in.

The sweater brought much mirth to the homestead.

Love from a whole household in the English Midlands to the University of Oregon… Ducks (Go Ducks! etc etc), and to all who support them.


OldHorsetailSnake said...

Ah yes. And I do believe the size is just so. Like I said.

Congratulations on being an ace caption writer.

Zinnia Cyclamen said...

This kind of thing is one of the many things I love about blogging.

PI said...

I guessed it was from Hoss cos I'm clever like that. Were you wearing it in the photo? Just trying to build a picture of you here to get away from Ghandi. Dam I can't giggle and ttuype at the same time.

bittersweet me said...

cats generally have very good taste

OldHorsetailSnake said...

Forgot to tell you: It's a sweatshirt, not a sweater, although I suppose you can sweat in either. Wear it until it's good and rank; that's when it gets the softest.

Shane said...

Hoss - It will be worn to within a cat's whisker of its ninth life... and 'sweatshirt' - got it.
Z - I concur.
Pi - I was wearing it, but my great white robe didn't sit comfortably underneath.
M - In addition to commandeering clothing, Jim has taken to shredding anything papery - bank statements, work-related materials, etc etc etc. Taste? Hmmm...