Lifelong learning

Brussels railway station, returning home from work. Head pharmacy.

Me: ‘Good evening. I would like to buy roller bandage – the kind they apply on wounds.’

Pharmacist (studied at least 8 years on medical university): ‘Of course. What type of?’

Me: ‘Long type. It will be for my little son.’

Pharmacist (now that I think, he may have also a PhD degree): ‘And what is the exact problem of your son?’

Me: ‘…Well, you know… there is this carnaval in the school on Friday….and he plans to be a mummy….’

Pharmacist (he and his family must have gone into serious debts in order to finance his medical studies, so he can devote his whole life to helping People In Need):

‘…A mummy….Certainly. …..Will it be applied on clothes? In which case I would suggest the adhesive tape..’

Me (casting my eyes down, only whispering):

‘Two packages, please. You helped a lot. Thank you.’


I remember 5 ys ago in Bergen-op-Zoom (the Netherlands) for the invitation of a friend to a local festival.

He proposed to meet on the Main Square, saying we would easily spot him of his funny hat he was wearing.

Reaching Main Square we were confronted with the below sight.

Oh yes, little nuance: the ‘festival’ was in fact the city carnival.

Haha, great sense of humor, thank you, Richard! (Thinking of you…)


My daughter has informed me of her ambitious plan to dress up a ‘fairy’ for this year’s carnival at school.

I have reminded her that since she behaves a fairy the rest 364 days of the year, anyway, wouldn’t she consider it an interesting alternative to dress up as a thoughtful-always-does-her-homework-loses-nothing-at-school girl this time.

The disguise is simply perfect, nobody would ever recognize her.

The proposal has achieved moderate success.