So they had hoped that I would take a vocational degree; I wanted to study English literature. A compromise was reaced that in retrospect satisfied nobody, and I went up to study Modern Languages. Hardly had my parents' car rounded the corner at the end of the road than I ditched German and scuttled off down the Classics corridor.
I cannot remember telling my parents that I was studying Classics; they might well have found out for the first time on graduation day. Of all the subjects on this planet, I think they would have been hard put to name one less useful than Greek mythology when it came to securing the keys to an executive bathroom.
I would like to make it clear, in parenthesis, that I do not blame my parents for their point of view. There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibily lies with you. What is more, I cannot criticize my parents for hoping that I would never experience poverty. They had been poor themselves, and I have since been poor, and I quite agree with them that it is not an ennobling experience. Poverty entails fear, and stress, and sometimes depression; it means a thousand petty humiliations and hardships. Climbing out of poverty by your own efforts, that is something on which to pride yourself, but poverty itself is romanticized only by fools.
1. in retrospect
eg. In retrospect, I wish that I had thought about alternative courses of action.
eg. It was a very strange feeling in retrospect — I was frightened, but excited at the same time.
2. remember doing sth.
eg. I definitely remember sending the letter.
eg. I remember having heard you speak on that subject.
3. when it comes to
eg. Most of us know we should cut down on fat. But knowing such things isn't much help when it comes to shopping and eating.
eg. However, when it comes down to somebody that they know, they have a different feeling.
4. in parenthesis
eg. In parenthesis, I'd say that there were two aspects to writing you must never lose sight of.
5. blame sb./sth. for sth.
eg. She blamed him for the failure of their marriage.
eg. They blamed the rise in oil prices for the big increase in inflation.
6. what is more
eg. She learns quickly, and what's more, she remembers what she has learnt.
eg. You should remember it, and what's more, you should get it right.