Funny Old Codger
(Beach Scene)

Surely he must like donkey-rides, Punch-
& - Judy shows, ice-creams & candy-floss?

drummers & buglers pass undoubtedly this puny
infant will spring to life, dash gladly after them?

He surely
will love cricket with hosts of kids on the sands?

he'll dash into huge waves darting over or through

‘That’s my brave boy!’


HE’S PUZZLED. He stares wordlessly
at me ... but I easily read the thin twitch
of his lips:

‘Silly old codger!’


It’s natural to long for one's child to be virile, courageous, determined & able to fit into a generally acceptable pattern - but the child of course (though speechless about it) may prefer an entirely different pattern.