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"Do anything good for your birthday?" one of your friendly B3TA moderator team asked in one of those father/son phone calls that last two minutes. "Yep," he said, "Your mum." Tell us about dads, lack of dad and being a dad.

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(, Thu 25 Nov 2010, 11:50)
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My dad died in January 2009 - had a massive heart attack while on the toilet and fell to the ground, cutting his face open on the concrete corner of a shower enclosure. So when they found him, he was face down in his own blood with his trousers round his ankles.

I wasn't there. I was in a different country but arranged to fly our for the funeral. The baggage handlers went on strike while I was in the air, however, and I got waylaid in Amsterdam for 24 hours.

I missed the funeral. Instead, I walked pointlessly around central Amsterdam in a freezing mist and stayed in an anonymous airport hotel full of other people caught halfway between.

He'd been overjoyed when he found out I was having a book published. But he missed it by six months. The second one was dedicated to him. There might still be a copy of it on his grave, faded and wrinkled now from the weather.
(, Thu 25 Nov 2010, 19:35, 3 replies)


You've made me sad. I hope things are getting better for you as time passes. It does take a couple of years at least.
(, Thu 25 Nov 2010, 20:56, closed)
Beautifully sad
I'm drunk and offer a virtual cuddle.

Have a click.
(, Fri 26 Nov 2010, 1:41, closed)
All the best
Sorry to hear that, obviously not the best of things to have to bear.
(, Fri 26 Nov 2010, 4:44, closed)

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