Sunday Lunch With the Boys

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Our Sunday lunch with the boys was intended to focus on education. Where was Henry going to college? Would Edward like to go to boarding school next year?

Pater Familias laid his cards on the table even before the entre was served.

“Look, I’m almost 60. I’ve had children around the house for the last 30 years. And for a least a quarter century, my life has been tied to the school schedule; I’m ready for a change.”

“Oh…so you want me to go to boarding school, so you can do whatever you want?” Edward saw the point immediately.

“Well, yes…”

“Wait, it’s not just that,” Elizabeth entered the conversation. “We’re not sure you’re going to be able to get back into the French school in London. It would be nice to have an alternative.”

“A Plan B,” said your editor…who suspects that all Plan As are doomed to failure.

“Not only that,” the voice of reason returned. “I went to boarding school when I was about your age. I loved it. And I think you’re the sort of person who might like it too. The English boarding schools are very focused on sports and outdoor, team-building activities. Those are the sorts of things you like. Most likely, you’ll go to the French school, but we should look at these boarding schools to see if you like them….and just in case the French school doesn’t work out.”

“But I don’t want to go to boarding school,” Edward replied. “You didn’t make any of the others go to boarding school. Why should I have to go? It’s not fair.”

“No, we’re not going to force you to go to boarding school. But you might want to go.”

“I don’t want to…”

“How do you know you don’t want to…you haven’t tried them…”

“Well, I don’t want to try…”

Until tomorrow,

Bill Bonner
The Daily Reckoning Australia

Bill Bonner

Bill Bonner

Best-selling investment author Bill Bonner is the founder and president of Agora Publishing, one of the world's most successful consumer newsletter companies. Owner of both Fleet Street Publications and MoneyWeek magazine in the UK, he is also author of the free daily e-mail The Daily Reckoning.
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