The Wise Investor
finish the things he had begun to teach her.
Although she had taken a large step forward, there
where still many holes in the picture.
Her grandfather had talked about the need to
save, and to invest her savings wisely. She still had
no idea of how to achieve this, and although
everyone she met was full of enthusiastic
suggestions, John was the only one she trusted to
steer her through the traps that she would inevitably
Kate had given up prompting him, to avoid the
risk of deterring him altogether, and hoped he would
resume the discussions on his own. She tried to
avoid thinking about it, but secretly she was scared
that he would never say another thing, and she
would be left with unfulfilled hope.
One afternoon, as they sat on John's favourite
bench, Kate's grandfather fell deep into thought and
said nothing for a long time. Kate knew these
moods of his, and relaxed in the warm afternoon
sun. He would speak, she knew, when he was
"Kate," her grandfather said slowly.
"Yes?" she replied hopefully, praying that he was
ready to discuss the things she desperately wanted
"Kate," he said again, "I have been watching you
these past few weeks. You have become more
confident, and the depressed air you had around you
has lifted. There is still tiredness, but you seem more
happy and positive than you have been for a long
time." John looked across at his granddaughter,
waiting for her to confirm his observations.
"Yes," she said excitedly, "I feel much more
positive now that I have made these changes. Still, it
is only a start."
"Very true, my dear, very true," her grandfather