My thirteen-year-old son is currently reading Conan The Barbarian by Robert E. Howard. He (Declan, not Conan) says, “I like the Conan stories, but whenever someone is amazed in them, Robert Howard always writes ‘Their mouth was shaped in an ‘oh’ of amazement. And he does it all the time, in nearly every story, the same description, so you get a mental picture like this…” Declan pulls a face that looks both disturbingly and hilariously like the perfect circle ‘oh’ of an inflatable rubber doll’s mouth.
“It’s really annoying!” Declan concludes.
Ah, parenthood…most of the time it’s an uphill slog, but every now and again there are these moments where you get a parental surge of pride; that’s my boy, my little editor’s apprentice.