Skiing and Degrees
February 7th, 2023
Did you know I'm the only grandchild without a degree?
My grandparents saved for each of us to go to university.
They were both headteachers and both highly respected in their fields.
However, I dropped out of college... twice.
I wrote a letter to my grandparents explaining a business idea, and I wished to use my university fund as some seed money to start BrightByte Studio.
They, of course, agreed, with one clause.
I was to write to them to provide regular updates on how it was going.
Each year I wrote to document the highs, lows and changes.
Each quarter I still write reports (which now go to a broader pool of people) to keep those close to us up to date.
My Gramps taught (nearly) my whole family to ski.
As a headteacher in Southampton, he started taking primary-aged children skiing.
He taught me when I was six, and then we explored much of the Alps and Canada.
Last week my Dad and I returned to Italy, to the same place this photo was taken 18 years ago.
I love this photo.
Talk about inspiration.