We had a great family night out, last night, celebrating Bernie's exam results. Charlie was on good form, entertaining us with magic tricks and mime. But the significance of Bernie's success was not lost on him: while we were celebrating her exceeding Ant's results, he mumbled something about the bar being raised all the time. His only consolation was the thought that if he does manage to match or beat Bernie's succeses, that will make it even tougher for Dominique...
Secretive (eg my wife doesn't know I'm writing this blog)
Mendacious (eg my name isn't really Ben Trovato - that comes from an Italian saying: Se non è vero, è molto ben trovato - if it's not true, it's well found (or made up, as we'd say.))
Superficial (I have an interest in almost everything, and can pass myself off as knowing a lot more than I do...)
Self-deluding (my wife probably does know about this blog by now...)
For the record, my kids aren't really called Antonia, Bernadette, Charlie and Dominique either... It would seem unfair to write about them under their true names, so ABCD seemed a good idea. My wife's not Anna either, but again the AB pattern seemed pleasing.