Reflecting. And the flu. An emotive combo.
I still cry - like I am now - when I think of my dad, George, who died, 14 years ago today, August 13. I can’t believe it, 14 years ago.
A Czech immigrant who instilled a work ethic in me and my brothers.
George (Jiri) essentially left his entire life and arrived in Australia with nothing. He ended up running Tabou in Kings Cross. The stories!
He didn’t want to be part of the Czech army, so he went to London before he & a few of his fellow Czechs like Vlad Podpera (who ran the Sundeck in Perisher in the 70s/80s) ended up in Australia.
My dad met my mum, Dorothy here - & each year she still goes down to Vaucluse - our favourite place when we were growing up - to think and reflect quietly.
Mum looked after him up until the very end. She is a saint.
Sure, they had their ups and downs, as all couples do. But she was his rock, particularly when it came towards the end.
I often think what it was like to move from the relative calm & beautiful life just outside of Prague & to be thrust into war. He survived the bombing of Dresden.
But was not allowed to return to the then Czechoslovakia until it became a republic. I know that saddened him, but he did see his mum who he bought out to Australia and he and I visited his since passed sister together in Prague many years ago.
We didn’t have much - but we actually did – we had our ‘home’ - our government housing home that was full of action and football classes and ballet lessons.
I’m sure he is up there somewhere having a cheeky ciggie and a drink. The night before he died - it was a Thursday - I went to see him and we held hands and he looked into my eyes. ‘Good night my darling, I love you.’ He knew. He just knew his time was near.
He died on a Friday, the 13th.
The papa who called me ‘my little ‘on-e-on’ head (I had a round face so he thought it looked like an onion). Shame there’s no onion emoji.
We always remember people we genuinely love, at some time, everyday. I know I do.
I love you. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
(Quite an arty, beautifully angled shot mum, for those days!) 💫📷
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