By H. E. Bates
Ma hankers for France, warmth. So all ten Larkins flee chilly rainy England in August. Son-in-law Charley teaches bon mots for his adolescence sunny seashore, bursts beachballs despatched at his topless tanning Marriette. Air is stormy, tea vulnerable, nutrition tricky, burnt. Ma's bulk bursts chair. Host Mlle Dupont eyes Pa's bachelor passport and "milord's" monogrammed Rolls.
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Think of the money that will save you. 43 So all in all as a sixty-year-old, the combined cost of ruining your health with booze and fags and perhaps ruining your sanity by having a family could have amounted to £725,377. Wouldn’t it be terrible if the bill for all of this appeared in your letterbox tomorrow? 44 PEOPLE WHO ACHIEVED GREAT THINGS AFTER THE AGE OF 60 Winston Churchill was 65 when he became wartime leader. John Wayne didn’t get his first Oscar until the age of 62. 45 Louis Armstrong was 66 when he had his first UK number one hit single (‘What a Wonderful World’).
41 over the past forty years and that’s another £73,865 you’ve slowly burnt your way through. In a way it’s a blessing that smoking shortens your life a bit. Think of the money that will save you. 43 So all in all as a sixty-year-old, the combined cost of ruining your health with booze and fags and perhaps ruining your sanity by having a family could have amounted to £725,377. Wouldn’t it be terrible if the bill for all of this appeared in your letterbox tomorrow? 44 PEOPLE WHO ACHIEVED GREAT THINGS AFTER THE AGE OF 60 Winston Churchill was 65 when he became wartime leader.
But it doesn’t stop there. There’s also the costs of getting them through university or set up in a career. This is now estimated to be in the region of £25,572. 40 So if you’ve bestowed two of the little varmints on the world that’s a grand total of £382,482. Meanwhile the average cost of a home in Britain is now around the £200,000 mark. So that’s £582,482 you could have forked out just on having a family. Take a good look at them. Be honest with yourself. Was it really worth it? 41 Well of course it was!