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As you can see from the photograph above, a man who can play the guitar is invariably very popular.
Unsurprisingly, then, as a young boy, I longed for a guitar. With Xmas approaching I cut out the page below from a magazine ( it was called something like Guitar Planet).

Pa Kartoshka was always very contemptuous of musicians. All his records were compilations of movie music. Orchestras seemed ok to him, but he was wary of individual artisites. He thought that playing the guitar was ‘kinky’.
I summoned up all my courage and showed the picture to Pa.
‘Can you get me one of these for Xmas?’
He looked at the photograph seriously.
‘I’ll see what I can do…’ he said.
I wasn’t expecting miracles. Money was tight.

On Xmas day he nodded gloomily towards the hall.
‘Your present is out there…’
His morose voice followed me as I eagerly raced out to the hall.
‘I don’t know why the hell you wanted it though, seems a strange choice to me…’
Sure enough, there it was, hanging in the hall.
A black tuxedo, complete with a pleat fronted shirt and velvet bow tie.
Just one of those misunderstandings that passes between fathers and sons.
‘It’s not exactly like the one you showed me’ he called after me, ‘but it was the best that I could do…’
I didn’t have the heart to tell him.

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2 Comments

  1. That story gave me a great laugh to start my morning – thank you! Here's a Thanksgiving joke for you:The day before Thanksgiving, an elderly man in Phoenix calls his son in New York and says, "I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough.""Pop, what are you talking about?" the son screams."We can't stand the sight of each other any longer," the old man says."We're sick and tired of each other, and I'm sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Chicago and tell her." And he hangs up.Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. "Like Hell they're getting a divorce," she shouts. "I'll take care of this."She calls Phoenix immediately, and screams at the old man, "You are NOT getting divorced! Don't do a single thing until I get there. I'm calling my brother back and we'll both be there tomorrow. Until then don't do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?" And she hangs up.The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. "Okay, the kids will be here for Thanksgiving."

  2. Thanks for that lungworms- a good joke to set us up for the weekend.Thanks for contributing!


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