I played the card game, Happy Families as a child. You had to build up families by asking one another questions, for example, ‘Have you got Master Bun , the baker’s son?’
Christopher, Mr Carpenter’s son,
is doing his chemistry homework
whilst listening to his iPod.
He is learning the by-products of petroleum.
Gasoline is obtained by distillation
and is used for heating and lighting
although in the U.S. gasoline means petrol.
Natasha, Mr Carpenter’s daughter,
is doing a problem in mathematics
whilst talking to her friend on her mobile phone.
A steel hemisphere is placed 30 cm from a second one
which is rotating in the opposite direction.
What will their relative positions be after 30 seconds?
Leo, Mr Carpenter’s baby,
is trying to build a tower with plastic bricks.
Nobody is taking any notice of him.
He places the last brick and the tower collapses.
He starts to cry.
Jessie, Mr Carpenter’s mother,
has been staring at the ceiling for five minutes.
There’s nobody in those flats across the road.
They’ve moved them all out whilst they decorate.
The block across the road is Social Housing.
She’s been saying this for the last three years.
Today she is saying it for the third time.
Fiona, Mr Carpenter’s wife,
is making her favourite hors d’oevre,
avocado with vinaigrette dressing
whilst planning tomorrow’s lessons.
Mr Carpenter has not yet returned home.
He went straight from work to his allotment.