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goodnight, dad

Some mornings you wake up and you know, right from the off, that it's not going to be a good day. Today was a case in point: I woke up with a headache, which worsened as the day went on, then progressed into nausea and the shivers, and has just culminated into a violent bout of vomiting. Hopefully now, having got rid of its contents, my stomach will settle and my headache subside.

The other day, I noticed my Dad was still sleeping under a thin summer blanket, and a quick inspection of his cupboards led me to conclude that his winter bedding had either not come with him in the move, or gone AWOL since then...and I very much suspected the former to be true. So before I went to see him today, I went into town and got him a brand new duvet and a couple of covers, and the look on his face when I presented him with my gift told me he had been feeling the cold a bit in recent nights, but old soldier that he is, would rather have continued to suffer in silence than mention it to anyone. He keeps forgetting that now that he's in his 80th year of life, he's not as robust as he used to be when he snatched forty winks in the snow in Korea 50-odd years ago; and that moreover he's entitled to a little luxury every now and again. He was so pleased with his new bedding, kept saying how much he was looking forward to going to sleep tonight, that I was just sorry I hadn't thought of bringing him some before.

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vegmb
Feb. 17th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
I hope you are feeling better.

Thanks for sharing this little story about your dad. It was so sweet and so very dad-like.
gamiila
Feb. 19th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
It's a few days later, and Dad says he's been sleeping like a baby the last couple of nights. I'm so pleased I could do this for him. I'm usually crap at buying presents, but it seems I got it right this time ;-)
vegmb
Feb. 20th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
It is the little things that you notice at unexpected times that mean the most and make the best gifts.

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