This may be the first time anyone has seen Black Sabbath and Mary Berry together in the same sentence. Crazy perhaps - but in my daughter’s life they are the most natural of bedfellows.
She represents a new generation – freed from the rules that I had at her age which still clung to our grandparent's views hanging over from the war. My 21 year old is that rare thing – a female engineer . And that alone is something to celebrate.
Her life isn’t easy. She works hard – far harder than I did at her age. She is growing up without certainty of employment – the shadow that hangs over this generation of which we were blissfully unaware. But she has the freedom to mix it up in a way I don’t remember us having – whether due to ignorance or a lack of imagination.
She relaxes with an evening of heavy metal – spending all her spare cash on gigs watching bands that I thought were already dead – Iron Maiden, AC/DC (but no, they are all back on tour and still alive), or with titles that make you feel faintly sick (Slayer, Megadeath), or are just plain weird.
|The head-banging, brownie-baking engineer|
But once the hangover has worn off, she indulges herself with her other hobby – baking. Her role model is the septuagenarian Mary Berry – she asked for a food processor for her 21st birthday – and she told me last week she made bread, despite having an oven in her student house slightly less effective than a calor gas stove.
This generation of women won’t have to be told to lean in. They’re making up their own rules.