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Genetic Pigheadedness & A Lack Of Ambition

Yesterday I sent my parents a message, begging them not to go to the beach after my sister’s wedding today. The group of guests who have refused to stay home is quite large and each and every one of them is a potential virus risk to my parents’ health. My father is in his 70’s and my mother’s respiratory health isn’t great. If they get the virus, they may not make it through. My mother has said she’s not keen on the beach thing, so likely won’t go, my father however, is a stubborn old bugger and will likely insist on going just to spite me. He doesn’t like being told what to do and whinges and whines about the self isolation and social distancing. The bloody fool thinks he’s invincible and that it won’t get him.

I really hope they won’t go. It will be bad enough if my sister gets the virus, without my parents getting it too. I really don’t understand why she didn’t postpone it. I guess she got the biggest hit of our father’s stubborn streak. I can be pig-headed, don’t get me wrong but when it comes to my family and friends, pig-headedness can be a major hindrance and I won’t allow that. My brother’s the same, stubborn as a mule, but he knows where the line is. Unfortunately my father and sister don’t and they don’t care either. They’re the ones who will be wondering why they’re in a hospital bed, on a ventilator, while their lungs fill with fluid and almost drown them, protesting their invincibility and incredulous that they could end up this way. There’s a couple in every family.

The children are happily watching Netflix and keeping up with their school work online. Thankfully they are both mature enough to realise that if they shirk their schoolwork now, it will come back to bite them on the ass later. The girl child wants to go into veterinary medicine, while the boy child wants a career in nuclear engineering. They certainly have the potential for it. I wish my education had been as good as theirs is. I got half a term of French language lessons while they are learning French, Greek, Latin, Spanish, German and English. I had to do Human Biology and Childcare because I was a girl, with secretarial skills as a secondary subject, these days girls can do the same subjects as boys.

It’s not really surprising I left school at 16 with terrible grades and no ambition. I eventually went to college to study Corporate Management, but it took me two years of studying English, Maths and business management by myself in the library to get onto the course. Which did me sod all good, because I ended up married with two kids by the age of 23.

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