Paternal pride

As some of you might know, neither of my parents are too enthused with my decision to study writing at university. They think it’s a waste of time and money (mostly money); I could be working full-time as a Chemist Warehouse manager, saving enough money for a house deposit, or I could be studying something useful like Medicine or Commerce. But I think they’re coming round. The other day, Dad told me that he showed Verandah to one of his clients who is an English teacher. Was he showing some paternal pride at last?

Perhaps not. Moments later, he told me that he wanted to show my piece to another one of his clients, a columnist from the Herald Sun, but he thought it wasn’t good enough. And then we had another argument…

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