Weeks ago, my dad bought a bestseller. It didn’t make sense for me to buy another copy solely for my Kindle, so I asked him about his read-in-progress (supposedly reading progress but whatever). He said he hasn’t started because he’s been busy with work (he’s been sleeping in hotels more than his own bed. My country has a lot of people who just don’t seem to want to get their taxes right).
A week or so later, my dad returned from yet another business trip. We were having breakfast when I asked him about his read-in-progress. Again, same answer – he hasn’t started, too busy, yada yada.
Ten or so days went by, and this time, we made dinner plans. Before heading out, I texted my sister-in-law and asked her to check if dad had finished the book, and if so, to bring that book over.
We were already waiting at the diner when my dad arrived with my brother and family. He cruised in with his walking stick, his left hand holding a paperbag. I thought it was filled with toy cars as cuddly-but-stern-looking grandpa has a habit of getting his grandkids last minute airport gifts whenever he made business trips. But I was wrong. The paperbag was meant for me!
He pushed it at my face I grabbed it and in it were two big fat paperbacks – Billion Dollar Whale*, the one which I’ve been ‘pestering’ him about; and The Sarawak Report*, which I am not in a hurry to read yet.
Stunned, I asked, “Wow! You (managed to) finished it??!”
(Actually, my tone was more “Wow, dad, how the hell did you
find the make time to even start let alone read it??!”)
He replied, with his I-am-a-tax-guy-don’t-mess-with-me-face,
“No. I haven’t had the time, too busy,” before sitting down next to me.
Shocked Elated, and feeling somewhere borderlining shamelessness and guilt, I could most certainly guess that my dad is totally fed-up with his pesty bookish daughter me 😆
So? Guess these sweet, dreamy smelling paperbacks are mine now 😁
Question is, should I feel bad? 🤔 😆
p.s. It’s been two weeks and I haven’t started on BDW neither. Still reading Mossad 🙈
I love you, dad! ‘Thanks‘ for the books. I’ll pass them back when it’s December (Christmas and New Year’s, come on!). Hope the tax department decides to fine and jail everyone so you can take a break just to read!
*(Both titles were released this year, few months after a historical election win for the opposition party (9th May 2018); instantly becoming bestsellers in Malaysia. For the curious, here are some keywords to help you navigate: “1MBD“, “Jho Low”, “Najib Razak”, “PetroSaudi“, and finally, this link on Medium.)