Really awfully proud.


An early school photo.

My granddaughter the eldest
Did ‘A Levels’ this year,
That she would not do well – best! –
We’d not the slightest fear. 

Until she got ambitious,
In taking courses on,
And made us superstitious
Too many would mean none. 

Just three would be required,
And four might well be had,
But what she to aspired
Was five – she went quite mad! 

On top of that, another
Two challenges she took –
One always would discover
Her buried in a book. 

Results came out this morning:
The phone rang straight away,
And I got up, still yawning,
To hear what they would say. 

She was en route to TV
And interviews with press;
Which meant good news that we’d see?
The answer was a ‘Yes!’

Choice of university
Was now achieved to be;
‘A-star’ and two ‘A’s their plea –
And, ‘A-stars’ … she had three! 

Three more ‘A’s she also got,
But then Philosophy
Brought her down an awful lot –
She only got a ‘B’! 

Though Oxford was the one she
Had thought she would adore,
Degree won’t there be done, see –
For she likes Durham more. 

(Her verbose FB announcement:English at Durham. If you care – History A*, English A, Latin A, Philosophy B, EPQ A*, Critical Thinking A*, General Studies A.  I’m a happy thing.’) 

© Colonialist July 2013 (WordPress)

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Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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44 Responses to Really awfully proud.

  1. Tokeloshe says:

    What a cute photo 😉


  2. Aw. That’s wonderful. And to have a Grandfather write such a special poem… My heart is so full right now. 🙂


  3. woohoo – and she got a lovely poem as well 🙂


  4. The Asian says:

    Congrats to the granddaughter! You must be so proud of her!


  5. gipsika says:

    WELLL well done!! 😀 Absolutely wonderful for her to achieve like that! What an ambitious young thing!


  6. 68ghia says:

    Congrats Col and to the young lady – very well done!


  7. Wow! Col! What fantastic results. And what a great university she’s going to. No wonder you’re proud.


  8. Eha says:

    Sincere congratulations to both granddaughter and a justifiably proud grandfather! ‘Critical Thinking’ impresses me the most and am only a dumb ‘Down Underer’ and can’t think what ‘EPQ’ stands for . . . but hope she continues to be the talented classicist she seems to be 🙂 ! Rembering a fair way back I seemed to wander down biology road instead right into a medical world . . .


    • colonialist says:

      I had to look it up myself! It is an ‘Extended Project Qualification’ which boils down to choosing a topic, and then researching and producing a dissertation (or similar) on it.


  9. suzicate says:

    Congrats to all, a beautiful and smart child! I know you all are so proud of her.


  10. Wonderful achievement, you must be so proud of her!


  11. Colline says:

    Forward congratulations to your granddaughter. You must all be so proud.


  12. adinparadise says:

    Wow! Congrats to her and the whole family. You can be very proud of your clever granddaughter. 🙂


  13. newsferret says:

    Congrats with her achievement Les


  14. guyportman says:

    I heard on the news that top grades were down this year, your grand daughter was obviously the exception.


  15. theonlycin says:

    Oh my goodness, what a brain. Congrats to the girl and – of course – to the whole family. You must all be very, very proud.


  16. Sonel says:

    Just as clever as her granddad. Congrats to all! 😀 *hugs*


  17. Wow! Pawesome results! intelligence must fun in the famil? =^.^=


  18. Kathleen says:

    Well, that is just AWESOME! Congrats Col and a big congrats to your granddaughter! 🙂 🙂 🙂


  19. What a clever girl, well done!


  20. alienorajt says:

    Wow! What brilliant results. You must be so proud as a family. Congratulations to your granddaughter! Alienora


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