He used to take me to my music classes, dance classes and friend's parties and basically was my only mode of transport till I was 17. Our favourite things to do together were to rent books, videos and watch TV while eating all sorts of junk food. He's really hip and enjoys most of the movies and shows I enjoy. We share a passion for the more artsy films eg Big Fish and funny sitcoms eg Friends. He enjoys the latest music and is always updated on the latest trends. He's quite a dancer too!
As age catches up on him, he spends less time reading (he loves reading about the supernatural and non-fiction books) and watching TV due to a degenerative eye condition. He keeps fit jogging most evenings around his neighbourhood.
I'm guilty about not being able to spend more time with my parents since getting married. Our time together is mostly to talk about the latest happenings and catching up on our lives during our weekly lunch sessions. I realized recently how little I knew about my dad's background so I've started my dad on a new project- writing about his life. He protested and said that he wasn't a hero and who would want to read about him anyway. I told him I did and that's all that mattered. He is MY hero. He provided me with an education ( most of his pay went to paying the bills and putting me through school), showered me with love, brought our family out for short trips, brought me to parks and is always there for me. What more can a girl ask for?
It's time I got to know my dad's life, how he encountered the Japanese soldiers during World War 2 to his move from Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur to how he met my mum. We tend to take our parents for granted while everything revolves around our world. We tell them how our day went but seldom ask how theirs was.
So I hope he starts writing real soon. He's started a draft with my persistence and has even done some drawings. I look forward to reading about my dad's life no matter how ordinary he thinks it is. Papa, I know you know this but I want to say it again anyway- I love you! Happy Father's Day!
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