The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]

Chip Off The Old Block …
July 13, 2023, 8:15 am
Filed under: A Bit Of Inspiration, Attitude & Aptitude, Birthday, Daddyhood, Jill, Otis, Rosie, Sky

On Monday, I posted about why I’m a birthday bastard because I give my colleagues prick pressies in the form of customised cakes.

Well as you know, just over a month ago it was my birthday and my son, aged 8, did the same to me. Except his is less prick but definitely owning me.

You see Otis has a budgie called Sky.

To be honest, I’m quite shocked at how much I like Sky.

It has bags of personality, chirps happily every day and apart from tapping its beak on the iPad when let out its cage, is pretty perfect and beautiful.

Hell, even Rosie – my beloved moggy – likes her.

OK, maybe that’s too much of a promise, but she definitely puts up with her.

Anyway, the guys at Colenso think that because I never really talk about Sky, I hate her.

True, I don’t love her as much as Rosie, but I definitely don’t hate her.

Well one day I told Otis what my colleagues thought and last month – on my birthday – he presented me with matching t-shirts, for him and me.

And it says this …

How genius is that!

He designed it with his Mum and I loved it so much that I wore it while giving my talk with Martin and Paula at Cannes.

I had had another t-shirt made for the occasion, but this won.

Which means he’s a much better – and thoughtful – present manipulator and it’s another reason I love him from the top of his head to the tip of his toe.


Tomorrow we have the day off to celebrate Matariki.

It’s an important day in New Zealand and if you want to know why, click here.

See you Monday.

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