For those of you who have read this blog from its inception – or have read my book, how tom holland eclipsed his dad – you might forgive me now for taking TomÂ and my strange family lifeÂ a little bit for granted.Â I have long since dealt with the idea of being eclipsed and in the Holland house, we haveÂ all become used to what are not normal family circumstances. TomÂ is a normal kid who happens to be lucky enough to doÂ extraordinary things.Â I am used to people asking him to sign stuff and have his photo taken. At his little brother’s school fair lastÂ Saturday – Tom was briefly the main draw – even more popular than the Bouncy Castle.
And I am used to people wanting to talk to me about him. It isÂ an interesting tale and I wrote a book about it after all.
Recently inÂ the radio studios of LBC – (ahead of my pedestrian rage incident which is written up on this site forÂ those interested) – I was being interviewed by Ian Collins who IÂ have come to know well over theÂ years.Â The last time I was on his show, we talked about my book and I was mindful that we shouldn’t talk about Tom this time around. Similarly on my appearances on The Wright Stuff all lastÂ week. I don’t want to become known as the bloke with the kid. Nor be accused of opportunism.
So when I got in to the studio and Ian and his colleague, WillÂ both launched in to…
‘Saw your son’s film, absolutely loved it…’
I was keen to nip the love-in in the bud.
‘Brilliant film – loved it – made me laugh my head off…’ IanÂ went on and I became confused.
Laugh? So far, no one hasÂ said that they laughed at The Impossible – a story based on such a cataclysmic natural disaster.
‘I watched it over and over.’ Ian continued with his colleague.
Again, this confused me. On twitter, I am aware of certain girls watching the film more than once but never men and grown men at that.
‘… and nothing like my journey to school, I can tell you…’
And then the penny finally dropped.
They were not talking about Tom’s film. I have four sons, one of whom, Harry entered a competition at school – to make a short film based on a journey. It appears that theÂ eclipsed in the Holland household is spreading downwards through my boys.
HarryÂ didn’t win – but he had great fun making this short filmÂ – and for those of you who missed it – here it is again…