So Suburban…….


My kids have picked up the Border/Xhosa/English accent . Aidan’s latest thing is replying:”as quick as bomb in Arfrikar(Africa)”. Now, I don’t know what a bomb in Africa is, or why it’s quick, but in his eyes a bomb in Arfrikar ( pronounced: Arf-ri-kar) is quick and has impact. John says it’s his imagination at work and we must encourage him to cultivate it.

He(John) has this proverbial fear of us becoming boring and predictable. I don’t know why? I’ve actually never asked him.

He has this thing he says to me which, I know is deeply insulting. It makes me smart and cringe. Do you want to know what it is…….?  He says, “That’s soooooooooooooo suburban!”

By suburban he means: not actually living in the suburbs as such, just thinking in a box, being predictable, never travelling, being boring”. We both have lots of friends living in the suburbs that are not “suburban”. So, calm down and let’s just clear that up right now.

This warped generalised opinion in not unlike Marion Keyes very funny description of a feathery stroker in her book Anybody Out There? If your haven’t read it, I urge you to. It’s hilarious. We all have our idiosyncrasy’s and I guess NOT being boring is Johns.


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