Lucas Family

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Why does the speaker want to be a world citizen?
Because he speaks several languages
Because he works with many international people
Because he has family in many countries
Because he has travelled a lot
Why is Aunt Sally like a China doll?
Because she is so pretty
Because she is so small
Because her skin is beautiful
Because she is so shy
What does the speaker's sister do?
She is a mother of two.
She takes care of their mother.
She works in Oxford.
She lives alone.
What is the speaker mainly discussing?
His children
His parents
His siblings
His relatives
Um, I sort of consider- I wouldn’t say I was English, or, or British even.
I consider myself like a_ I mean i’m not a world citizen 'cause I haven’t been everywhere yet, but I wanna be.
Cause I’ve got family, you know, bits and pieces everywhere.
I’ve got, my dad’s side of my family in the, Ukraine and Canada.
And sort of dotted all over the place.
And I’ve got my mother’s side of the family in Ireland, and Scotland.
And I’ve got an unrelated father, my mother’s first husband who lives in Ibiza.
He's got a studio and somehow, he completely blacks it.
And he sits on the ground all day playing his guitar, making money.
Don’t know how he manages that.
I wonder if i’ll be able to do that one day, but I doubt it.
He’s, he’s a lucky man.
He’s sort of_ i’ve only met him once or twice he’s always got loads of funny stories about smoke bombs engulfing his village and, his m- m- m-, uh, anyway.
And i’ve got my own father who’s very, very dear to me, even though he doesn’t realise it obviously.
Um, he lives in Oxford and he's_ came all the way over from Canada.
It was his life, his life mission, from Winnipeg this little tiny vil- uh, town at the time.
I’ve got to be a doctor at university in Oxford.
Just one day he was told it’s the best university in the world, for the time.
So, he was like right i’m doing that.
And he worked his arse off.
Uh, worked really hard and um, somehow managed to get over here and escape his, his, his, mother’s, uh, sister who’s really funny.
Aunt Sally is really funny.
She’s seventy-nine, and she still works.
I don’t know how she does it.
She’s tiny.
She lives in a, she lives in a country where there’s like six, seven foot snows some winters.
And she is not six, seven foot.
She’s like_ she reminds me of a, a little China doll or something.
Or like a very, I mean sh- she doesn’t, she doesn’t look like she belongs in her bodies.
And, big face and a little body.
And blue hair.
And she’s been like a hairdresser all her life so, my dad obviously never likes having his hair cut.
Um, and she comes over to England all the time.
It’s a shame she’s never been to Ireland, 'cause Ireland’s like a beautiful country.
I’ve got to go visit again soon.
Um, most of family have, been there at one point or another.
My sister, who’s, um, a mother of two children, used to live there.
She’s, she really loves her kids.
It’s good.
Uh, I wouldn’t, I wouldn’t mind her being my mum instead of my mum.
'Cause Becky, my sister, is just, she’s, she's learnt all the mistakes.
She, she, sussed it out.
She’s sussed out.
She’s been on, on the wrong end of s- of so much stuff, uh, being a teenager, she juts understands children.
And and she’ll do anything.
I mean she’s completely enthusiastic.
She’s completely enthralled by children.
I mean she’ll do anything.
She’ll go to any means to be closer to her kids and to other kids.
She’ll shave her head, do you know what I mean.
To see_ so that her babies will recognise and, and, uh, and associate with her in a better way.
And, she’s, quite an incredible woman.
I like come over to her house, she lives in Cowley and she’ll be fixing a bike, cooking dinner, changing a nappy, and drawing a picture at the same time.
And then I come through the door and she goes, 'oh right Lucas how’s your day.
Has it been good.
' And she’ll be completely, she’ll be completely ready to deal with anything.
Other days it’s not_ she can’t be like that every day obviously.
But that’s the way I like to think of her.