Daily Archives: August 14, 2008

Lots of family

My brother miq and his wife Sock-Cheng are in Blighty for a visit.  Since they live in Auckland (S-C being a kiwi), this is a rare event.  So a family reunion, c/o our parents, was quite a big thing.  I travelled down on Friday, and my other brother (no webpage, but he’s best known for XeTeX) with his wife and three children joined us a couple of days later.  It’s a long time since I’ve seen them, too.

Great to see them all, of course.  At the same time, ten people in the parents’ shoe-box of a three-bedroom house (2+attic) is challenging.  I got the privilege of sleeping out on the balcony.  Yes, it was my choice (the alternative being less attractive), and yes, it rained heavily.  Fortunately the awning over it kept me mostly dry.  And it was just the one night with everyone there.

Unsurprisingly, the adults present (my generation and our parents) are much as I remember them, but the children are changed.  I was pleasantly surprised by the latter.  Partly from a purely selfish point of view, they’re no longer of an age to do things like come and bounce on their long-suffering uncle at some ungodly hour of the morning.  But also because they seemed bright and mature.  Both the boys (17 and 14) show strong geekish tendencies, and the older looks ripe for the student life at (hopefully) one of our best universities next year.  The youngest (11) is not just fractionally taller than her aunt-by-marriage S-C, but also plenty mature enough to treat as an equal rather than talk down to as a child.

No doubt they were on best behaviour.  It worked.

All the best to miq and S-C for the remainder of their time in Blighty.  And to everyone.