Thing氏家族設計史
謝柏齊

Something剛成了設計界的新寵兒,在雜誌上給廣泛報道。作為父親的Everything當然十二分的高興。晚飯時,Everything酒酣耳熱之際,想起自己在年青時代,也好像拿過什麼設計大獎。並說Something的設計天份,是源自Everything的家族遺傳云云。這時,母親Nothing趕忙插咀,言語間帶點忿忿不平,說當年獲獎的設計,其原創意念是來自她的想法,但?給父親拿了去用。Nothing認為,Something的設計天賦,其實是源於自己的遺傳。

正當EverythingNothing爭辯著愛兒Something的設計才華,究竟是繼承自誰的遺傳時,家傭Anything也按耐不住,加入了戰團。Anything總覺得Everything不對,這次,除了為女主人抱不平外,也說了一些公道話。Anything說妹妹Otherthing其實也懂設計,只是父親一直沒有鼓勵才放棄了,認為身為人父的,實在厚此薄彼。

面對著這樣的飯桌混戰,Everything一時無言以對。這時,只聽見Otherthing拿起湯匙的聲音。Otherthing邊喝著湯,邊說:「這頓晚飯,花了我不少心思才弄出來。一起吃飯吧!


The Things Family and its Histories of Design
pakchai

Something had become a rising star in design. His news hit every magazine. As a father, Everything was of course overjoyed. During dinner, Everything, half-drunk, recalled that he had also won some grand prizes in his youth. ‘Something inherited the gift from our Everything family,’ he claimed. The mother, Nothing, interrupted. That winning design, she said, was originally her idea. Father just took it. Nothing thought Something’s talent came from her.
In the middle Everything and Nothing’s argument over their beloved Something’s endowments, their maid Anything joined in. Anything had rarely been on Everything’s side. Now, doing her mistress justice, she also meant to say a few fair words. Anything said the sister Otherthing also had a gift for design. It was just that the father never encouraged her, and she gave up. The father was unfair.
Facing such a dinner battle, Everything was for a while wordless. Then he heard Otherthing picked up her spoon. Otherthing had her soup, and said, ‘I’ve done so much for this dinner. Bon appetit!’