Look: DADDY' S GIRL; Susan Lee on Why Sextuplet Dad Graham Walton Will Have His Quietest Father's Day Ever

Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England), June 15, 2005 | Go to article overview

Look: DADDY' S GIRL; Susan Lee on Why Sextuplet Dad Graham Walton Will Have His Quietest Father's Day Ever


Byline: Susan Lee

FOR Graham Walton it will be one of the most unusual Father's Day gifts ever - a bit of peace and quiet.

In a home usually alive to the tumult of six daughters Graham will be joined by just one on Sunday, Sarah.

It's a prospect he's facing with mixed emotions.

'I'm used to it being a bit of a madhouse - the girls coming in to the bedroom with presents and sitting on the bed - so it will be very, very quiet. I think I'll miss it,' admits Graham, who lives with his family in New Brighton.

'But it will be lovely to spend some time with Sarah. Ironically, she's probably the quietest of the lot. She loves Chinese food - she's the only one of the girls who does - so we're going to a Chinese restaurant for a meal.'

His oasis of calm comes as a result of a combination of family holidays and work commitments.

Wife Jan is travelling to Majorca with daughters Kate and Hannah to see Jenny, who is working there as a children's holiday rep.

Lucy is also there with a friend, while Ruth is busy with her job in a hotel near Macclesfield.

'So that just leaves me and Sarah - I'll feel like an unmarried father of one!' laughs Graham who is as busy as ever with his painting and decorating business.

It's all a far cry from Graham's very first Father's Day, 21 years ago.

'It was just a blur,' he recalls. 'Everything was just so crazy.

Back then we were so busy changing bums, feeding and taking the girls for a walk and then changing more bums - it was like painting the Forth Bridge - there was just no time for stuff like that.'

The intervening years have seen things calm down - a little.

'Jan and I always say this house is like a cross between a Travelodge and a Little Chef but they never forget Father's Day and I always get individual presents.

'Bottles of whiskey are always welcome, of course, and one year I got a T-shirt which says: Fathers are not just for Father's Day. I still wear it.'

Being the dad of the world's first sextuplets makes him almost uniquely qualified as a dad - so how does he rate himself?

'I hope the girls will look back and see me as a laid back father, a nice, kind bloke who was always there for them,' he smiles.

'There had to be discipline, of course but I don't believe in smacking. I actually did it just the once and it upset me so much I said I'd never do it again. Ironically it was because one of the girls smacked her sister!'

In spite of his trade as a painter and decorator - and because of that world-changing event 21 years ago at Oxford Street maternity hospital - Graham also has another flourishing career as a public speaker.

'It started about four years ago. Jan was in the Women's Institute and a speaker had let her group down. So she put my name forward.

'I'd never done anything like that before and I was so nervous. But once I'd got the first laugh it went really well. …

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

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.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

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

Look: DADDY' S GIRL; Susan Lee on Why Sextuplet Dad Graham Walton Will Have His Quietest Father's Day Ever
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?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access 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

    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.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.