Peter Clarke (1929 - )
Mrs Claus

mixed media
50 x 35cm

I tell him there's nothing so bad as a dedicated old fool.
After having been at it for such a long time he should
really know better.
Often he comes back home & complains how difficult it's
becoming to deliver Christmas presents. In the absence
of chimneys he has to find his way through air conditioning chutes…
& they keep on putting up taller & taller buildings these days.
I've advised him more than once that he retire & spend
Christmas Eve sensibly at home with a warm eggnog
in his hand & his feet up in front of a nice fire. But he
doesn't want to hear anything like that.
Our son Nicky junior is not the slightest bit interested
in carrying on his father's occupation, even if it is only
once a year. He says tradition is all very well. But it
involves far too much intensive slog within a ridiculously
short period of time. The solution to the problem, Nicky
Jr says, is either that deliveries of gifts start in June
or that the whole thing is taken over by international
postal services.

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