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Wednesday, 4 May 2022

My Father Laboured by Bruce N Oakman

my father laboured in unskilled jobs for 51 years from age 14
he was paid modest wages
he slept away his evenings in a tired armchair
he slept away the afternoons of his holidays
he never complained
he was a reluctant writer
he was adept at mental arithmetic
he surpassed his economist son at mental arithmetic
he offered no advice on career or girlfriends or anything else
he knew little of universities
he neither encouraged nor discouraged my long lingering in them
he never asked about subjects I studied or subsequently taught
he taught me by silent stoic example to avoid hard physical labour
never a day passes when I don’t honor his wisdom


Date: 2020

By: Bruce N Oakman (19??- )