My friend Simon and his family were over from Ghana. They came back after an afternoon shopping expedition to Streatham. Two-year-old Mya was wearing brightly-coloured Scooby-Doo sandals and was keen for me to admire them (see photo). “Scooby-Doo!” she said and then ran off laughing. The shoes squeaked loudly like dogs’ toys with each step. “Uncle Mark!” she shouted as she ran, squeaking, back into the room. For the sake of my sanity, I made a mental note not to get her excited whilst she was wearing those sandals.
I was agog at the extent of Mya’s enthusiasm, because her Australian half-brother who is seven years her senior is also a big Scooby fan. Christmas 2004 in Ghana had seen us all watching a 24-hour Scoobathon with young William. Then I realised that there must be a Scooby-Doo Fan gene — and Simon is obviously a carrier.