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The Great Surrender

“I’m afraid I’ll have to call you back,” I say into the office line, “I have an emergency call.” “There’s been a down turn,” says Dad’s nurse on the phone with Mum. “It’s time to come back,” says Mum. Thirty … Continue reading

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Work is the Curse of the Drinking Class

“You’re still here?” says Dad waking up from a drugged doze. “You’re going to lose your bloody job,” he says, “You got to get out of here.” I arrived at the hospital 4 days ago. In need of a break, … Continue reading

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Hello In There

Ya know that old trees just grow stronger And old rivers grow wider every day Old people just grow lonesome Waiting for someone to say, “Hello in there, hello” – John Prine “What are you whispering about?” asks Dad as … Continue reading

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Respite for an Open Heart

“I’ll be right back,” I tell Dad as I let go of his hand, “I’m going for lunch.” “While I starve to death,” he says. I take a quick break from death and walk down Mt Newton Cross Road to … Continue reading

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Cheers!

Dad and I share a bottle of wine. He lifts his glass. ‘Here’s to love, life and laughter. I’ll be true as long as you, but not a moment after.’ I laugh, lift my glass and alter a toast I’ve long since learned … Continue reading

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My Shadow and Me

‘I’m afraid your father isn’t a fit for the program,’ says the coordinator. Recently I’ve had doubts about whether Dad would be happier in a place with more people his age to interact with, rather than living at home with … Continue reading

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Mother Ormiston

“She’s a world traveller and I won’t go to Sooke,” says Dad. Mum is going to England again; this time, she’s helping a dear cousin recover from knee surgery. “When we’re down below,” says Dad pointing to hell, “she’ll be … Continue reading

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