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On your knee
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My father is now eighty-six years old. My earliest recollection is of sitting on his knee when he came home from work. He is not a complicated man, having left school at thirteen years of age with no qualifications. He was an immensely strong man in his prime, but had (and still has) a lovely gentle kindness about him. He is simple like the rain, and was then and shall remain forever to me, a hero of the greatest kind.
I have never told him to his face how much he has meant to me, and for a reason I do not understand myself, probably never will.
I think he knows.

by Stephen Hirons

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