Somethings are too good not to share…

There are cliches for every occasion. A picture is as good as a thousand words. You shouldn’t burden the children with the sins of the father; or, indeed vica versa. Someone is a chip off the old block. All of these bon-mots are captured in the image below.

You wonder, should I share this? Frankly it is too good not to. Partly it’s because it encapsulates the do or die spirit, an unquenchable determination, a rising up against all odds, however small and puny. Partly it is because it so patently represents the Le Pard side of the gene pool: combining, in one action my mother’s unwavering focus, my father’s competitive spirit with my complete lack of judgement.

I give you the Vet, one minute a demure bridesmaid at her cousin’s wedding last summer, the next a steel-hearted running back solely focused on the touchdown. The look of surprise on the child’s face was perhaps only matched by that of the Vet’s boyfriend.


That’s my girl…

I should add that the Vet has had more likes for this picture on her facebook feed than any other picture; people she hasn’t spoken to in 5 years are back in contact. It has touched a nerve, hit the zeitgeist. 

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published two anthologies of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand and Life in a Flash. More will appear soon, including a memoir of my mother's last years. I will try and continue to blog regularly at about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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24 Responses to Somethings are too good not to share…

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Never get in the way of a charging Lepard they show no mercy!😊

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Great shot…it says a lot. ☺

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Ritu says:

    Love it! A picture speaks a thousand words!


  4. Erika Kind says:

    Amazing! A whole story packed in one picture!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. jan says:

    I don’t believe you have a complete lack of judgement – or did I read that wrong? This is a very joyful picture! Brought a smile to my face.

    Liked by 1 person

    • TanGental says:

      Oh but it is truly flawed, my ability to assess appropriate behaviour… believe me I am always making a mess. And the photographer did a splendid job capturing this


  6. Norah says:

    Awesome photo! Any results yet?

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Priceless. There must be a short story from that photo from you, Geoff?

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Helen Jones says:

    Oh, I saw this when you shared it on Facebook. Hysterical! Talk about taking candy from a baby 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Ha ha! No wonder it was so popular on FB. This photo has so much character!

    Liked by 1 person

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