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?

Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia), January 13, 2009 | Go to article overview

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 long as someone else is steering the ship but leave us to our own devices and we can get into all sorts of trouble. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

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?
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.