Whispers from the Wings

Dark quotes

June 26, 2012

Baby TheoDue to popular demand, my son. Looking at him, there are lots of rather dark quotes that spring to mind:

'This before all the world do I prefer,
This before all the world shall I keep safe.
Or some of you shall smoke for it in Rome.' Titus Andronicus

'This thing of darkness, I acknowledge mine.' The Tempest

'How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child.' King Lear

You see my point? It all seems a little portentious. Maybe that's the way parenthood is. Ho hum. If anyone can think of any other quotes about children or parenting (no cheating by using Wikipedia or Google, please) do let me know.

I cannot as yet see any of my partner (The Brunette) in him. Or any resemblance to me (he may have been born on a fortuitous day after all). Indeed, I am seriously questioning whether he is ours at all. I had my eye on him the whole time. I cut the cord. Still, was there a nanosecond when he could have been spirited away? You never can tell. There are faeries everywhere, especially in Warwickshire.

Could he have been switched by devious nurses and replaced by an adorable, demanding, LOUD bundle of gurgles and half smiles? Maybe.

He feels like we own him and at the same time are just looking after him until we can give him to the world. We feel very powerful.

And, for those of you unfamiliar with Marvel comics, 'With great power comes great responsibility.' which leads me neatly to the fact that a young member of the audience saw me yesterday after a matinee. He was about 8 years old. He told me he had been watching me as much as he could because...He liked my name! No other reason was forthcoming. He told me that he might read the play now as I was 'quite good but should move my arms less.' He had not been to the theatre before but thought it was almost as good as TV. Praise indeed.

He will probably be running the RSC in 20 years. Hope he gives me a job. One can only hope. I must go. My faerie child is calling and The Brunette is clearly not one of my blog followers.

I will talk about cheery stuff like best food on tour etc next time. Promise.
Andrew French

by Andrew French  |  4 comments

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Jun 28, 8:26am
Sheila Hazell

Adorable, be strong and use discipline with love. The Brunette will guide you. In twenty years time you will be so proud. Thank you for sharing. I have been watching Shakespeare since 1951 when Miss Rawlings (Beckenham Girls School)took me to the Old Vic. It is good for the heart and soul. God bless you all.

Jul 1, 8:09pm
claire-louise cairns

gorgeous baby and you have given him a lovely name.

Jul 9, 8:34pm
Sue Hanscomb

How about "At first, the infant, mewling and puking in the nurses arms" although this young man looks far too content to either mewl or puke! He is lovely!

Jul 10, 4:51pm
liz anf Joe Tyreman

Lovely to read about your gorgeous son Theo. Hope he brings you as much pleasure as our son Ben has brought to us!! Worth all the hard work!! Hope to see you all in Newcastle. With lovexx

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