I accompanied George to a birthday party recently. I went with another parent and her son, a friend of Georges, and her elder daughter who was to be dropped somewhere else later. She does something intelligent and neurological for a living and is, necessarily, slightly mad (in my opinion!). When we arrived her son asked for help to take off his jacket, which he had on backwards. Another (terribly serious) parent asked Laura why her son had his jacket on backwards. She answered (wondering why they didn’t ask him instead) that it was probably in his genes. Terribly serious parent then turned to elder daughter and asked ” well you look quite normal..?” Daughter responds ” so you like my shoes?” we all look down to see a variety of pens and pencils tied into her shoe laces like some kind of academic hedgehog. Laura just shrugged her shoulders. I wonder if it is catching?