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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Chalk and Cheese

Tall Girl came home flouting all her end of year subject 'level's today. We looked at them over the dinner table. They were good; they were average, which is good considering her dyslexia (and general lack of enthusiasm!)

Small Sprog asked to be excused form the table. As he left the room he said he though he'd be hopeless at 'Big School'. "No you won't" I argued "You've done so well this year". And he has. In fact, I think he has exceeded his sisters standards at the same age. Yet he doesn't take praise easily, believe me I do try.

Yesterday Tall Girl said that she'd been discussing with her dad that when she's passed her driving test she's going to get a second hand Fiat 500. "Really?" I say to her, eyebrows raised to the sky "Then you'd better start saving up!" (She's never got any money, it burns a hole in her pocket too quickly) I suspect she thinks Daddy will buy her the car. And there's me thinking I might be able to afford a newish car myself  in a few years time and that she'd be happy with my old one. Dream on on both counts!

Small Sprog on the other hand has been saving up for his car for a year or so, ever since I told him I had done so when I was his age. My first car was £500, he already has as much. Tall Girl can't save for toffee. They are so different, which is how it should be I guess, and they are developing together, in their own ways.

Oh yes, I nearly forgot, she got a certificate at prize giving too today (as, I suspect, did most children). However I wasn't there to witness it, that would have been Far Too Embarrassing apparently!




11 comments:

Steve said...

Small Sprog has already saved £500? He's already a better man than me!

Tattie Weasle said...

Ooohhh I could never save either and my little sister could - used to drive me wild!

Rob-bear said...

How many cars you one family (yours) manage?
Nice to know that they're doing well at school. One thing that's going well for everyone.

Furtheron said...

Can I interest Small Sprog in a small investment opportunity? ;-)

Well done to him. Ours are similar, the boy is prudent and good with money, to the point he's fallen out with student friends trying to "sponge" off him in the last few weeks of term because he has a budget, sticks to it and plans it all out. He then gets additional monies, he is on an Institute of Physics support scheme - he uses that for "special purchases" like the iMac he just got.

Daughter - given her a tenner she'll spend twelve! However when she has got a lump sum she has put it away and so far not touched it. She wants a Mini ... dream on!

nick said...

Oh dear, Tall Girl will have to realise sooner or later that she won't just be given everything she wants! And that money doesn't grow on trees! How sensible of her little brother to have acquired the saving habit.

Maggie May said...

I admire SS for saving up for a car which is so far away in the future.
It is amazing how different siblings can be.
Congrats to TG for her prize.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Rose said...

Kudos to both Tall Girl and Small Sprog for doing so well at school this year. I'm impressed that SS has already saved so much. My brother and I were the same way growing up, which may be why he still has so much more money than I:)

cheshire wife said...

Relax, Tall Girl has to pass her driving test first!

Looking for Blue Sky said...

I am so impressed with SS for saving up €500 - he'll clearly go far in life and you'll never need to worry about him :) Here, Angel has just started asking about learning to drive, she was too afraid for ages (must be my driving lol), but I just don't know where I'm going to find the money...

Liz said...

How amazing that SS has saved so much! I'm like TG I'm afraid.

As long as daddy remembers that if he buys one child a car he has to buy one for the other too ...

Eternal Worrier said...

I too think I will be hopeless at 'Big School' Oh no, that was many years ago now and I was in fact 'hopeless.' I'm sure however that Sprog will be very good and make lots of friends.