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I decided on 101 reasons as I didn’t want to depress the entire legal profession by having 1,001.
Paul Brennan, Lawyer, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

# 101 They cannot relate to children

“To present to your peers is stressful but to present to your teenage daughter’s peers is up there with death and moving house”   Paul Brennan

Commercial Lawyer's MugA teacher wrote in my Annual School Report, “Lazy, talkative and notable”. I thought “notable” did not sound too bad until I realized it was “not able”. They were the days before parent rage stalked school halls and teachers would give their unrestrained opinions. Today, they give students like me a more subtly insulting “You must be very proud of him”.
Some people say that teachers do not have a sense of humour.  I do not know where they would get that impression. In fact, all teachers and school staff have a wonderful sense of humour, they just can’t let students and us parents in on it. For instance, you cannot find the books you look for in the library, the librarians have convinced you that it is your fault as you do not understand the Dewey Decimal system.  In fact, there is no Dewey Decimal system . The Head Librarian, Mr Smith comes in every night and moves the books around. He thinks it is funny. 
To be a student with a passion for practical jokes may feel pretty good but to be Head of Senior School with a passion for practical jokes is out of sight. Now there is something to aim for.
Never, never, never lose your sense of humour. Your parents and teachers will tell you that there are many days in life when you will need it.  There is one coming up very soon.  The day your final examination results arrive. Before your parents launch into their usual tirade, having for your entire life brushed over their own school academic record, as I have done. Remind them that many of our greatest Australians did not get a good final exam result  either.  For instance, Ned Kelly, Mr Squiggle, Dorothy the Dinosaur. In fact, watching question time in our Parliament, it is clear that the country is being run by C students. This may seem wrong to you students but believe me it will give your parents great comfort and is the only thing keeping some of your teachers going, it gives them hope.
In a moment, I am going to ask all to stand as I wish to propose a toast to the teachers and staff of this the greatest school on the Sunshine Coast and I am not saying that because you lot are leaving. The toast shall be the words of Tina Turner “simply the best”. 
Paul Brennan
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 18 November 2011

(c) Paul Brennan a lawyer practicing on Queensland's Sunshine Coast


  1. I don't know... sometimes as a lawyer, I can relate to children... very vividly.

    I had a client come in for an interview with her two kids. One of them started asking to go home almost as soon as he got in the door. I TOTALLY empathise with that!

    The interview soon devolved into the client belting her screaming children around my office, while I sat and watched on in bemusement. "Shall we call it here and try again tomorrow?" I asked. "Nah, thats-ah-k, they'll shut up in a minute."

    Since it was clear that the only reason they would be shutting up was if she knocked them out, I ended the interview. But if I had a mum like that, I would be screaming constantly too. So no, we CAN relate to children!

  2. At our rates, it is an insult to make us do child minding. On second thoughts, send them over.

  3. Thank you for the encouragement Elizabeth, all the best