The Gift

Father promised a gift once he passes fifth grade exam. Mother will prepare the cakes with ice cream and the usual strawberry juice.

It is only few days to the results to be announced; all are excited wondering what dad’s gift will be! this is his first time promised a gift. All through the years he was away; not noticing our birthdays unless mum reminds him. Mum always wondered why he is absent at family events and present when problems are around us.

The phone rang, mum picks up, she is silent, then she crumbled and screamed: dad is in the hospital in critical condition. Family rushed. Dad is okay but the nurse said that he will be is a wheel chair for a long time.

Exam results were announced, courier delivered the gift. It was a football. Sorry son, I cannot join the match. Dad whispered in grief.

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