Making My Mark as a Man of Mediocrity; Pretty Much from the Moment I Came into the World Looking like a Miniature Winston Churchill (Smoking a Big Cigar, Apparently) Mum Saw Me Destined for Greatness. Medicine? Law? Politics?
Byline: TUESDAY With Damian Bathersby
MY mum was always sure I was going to do great things.
Pretty much from the moment I came into the world looking just like a miniature Winston Churchill (smoking a big cigar, apparently) she saw me destined for greatness.
Medicine? Law? Politics?
She really didn't care because I was her first-born and she believed I was special.
About 12 months later, when it was clear my only skills were staring blankly at the ceiling and making a dull "oooohhh" sound, she admitted defeat and started thinking of a sporting career.
She was a tennis fan so I was steered in that direction while she focused on producing a brain surgeon or Supreme Court judge from amongst the next six Bathersby siblings.
And if it hadn't been for a complete lack of natural ability and any passion whatsoever, I could have been a champion.
As it was, I peaked in Grade 7 when St Joseph's Primary kicked the butts of the local state school tennis team one Friday afternoon.
I still get goose bumps just thinking about it.
And then, for no apparent reason, I became mediocre.
My mum threw her hands in the air and said if I wanted to waste my talent playing football and other un-gentlemanly sports, then so be it. Thus ended my dreams of becoming a sporting champion.
I was reminded of my mediocrity last week when we went to the tennis in Brisbane.
I'll be honest with you, we decided to go not because we have a deep love of the sport but because it was something we'd never done before.
And they make it so darn easy.
Buy your tickets on the internet, jump on a train at Landsborough, change trains at Roma Street and before you know it you're lining up to get into Pat Rafter Arena.
The problem with my wife and I is that we really shouldn't be let out unsupervised.
We're fine as …
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Publication information: Article title: Making My Mark as a Man of Mediocrity; Pretty Much from the Moment I Came into the World Looking like a Miniature Winston Churchill (Smoking a Big Cigar, Apparently) Mum Saw Me Destined for Greatness. Medicine? Law? Politics?. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia). Publication date: January 13, 2009. Page number: 11. © 2009 APN Newspapers Pty Ltd. COPYRIGHT 2009 Gale Group.