Good olʼ Thorny

Thornquist Peeble is something of a pompous ass.

When teaching his children to swim, he didnʼt let them splash around in a shallow creek or enroll them in swim school. He lectured them.

“Water resistance, achieved when you generate motion with your extremities, is the favored method of preventing sinking,” he told them.

“The force generated by this muscular activity counteracts the gravitational pull being exerted on your bodies.”

His daughter and two sons nodded dutifully as their father expounded on the mechanics of human propulsion through a liquid medium.

They are well aware that Dad can be a pedantic bore, yet they adore him wholeheartedly.

He loves junk food even more than they do, and his pontifications are usually followed by ice cream with Hersheyʼs chocolate syrup on top.

And Thorny, as most know him, also likes to wrestle on the floor with his kids, helped them build an elaborate treehouse, let them each have their own puppy, doesnʼt care how long they play video games, takes them to the zoo regularly, and tells them stories about people who climb cliffs and sail alone around the world.

Thorny lectured his children about the four points of the compass. Then he took them to the yogurt shop and let them choose their own toppings.

Thorny lectured his children about the four points of the compass. Then he took them to the yogurt shop and let them choose their own toppings.

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