Visiting my parents, I see little things about my dad that remind me of why I love to learn new things:
- The dominant sound of breakfast is BBC on the TV (When I was little it was BBC on dad’s Grundig shortwave)
- The basement is for books, as is every available wall space and corner in the house
- The subject of bathroom reading is wars and history. And at least one book exclusively on Churchill
- Dad walks around with a fat volume of 501 Great Speeches like it’s the Sports Illustrated
- Light reading is an accumulation of facts and trivia. During my two days here I’ve learned things like Julius Caesar wore a laurel wreath to cover his bald spot; that a human fetus has fingerprints by three months; that the Nestle family has not run the Nestle chocolate company since 1875.