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If you offer a free ride you can’t charge for fuel

IF YOU OFFER A FREE RIDE YOU CAN’T CHARGE FOR FUEL

I DIDN’T know my father-in-law well.

His legs amputated as a result of arterial disease, he now had cancer.

Standing in the hallway one morning after a deep chat, out of the blue he presented me with a shirt saying “would you like to have this?”

Not willing to absorb the meaning of this gesture I said “I’m sure you’ll need it”.

He insisted and I took it. Len died soon after and never made our wedding. I am deeply disappointed in my inability to grasp his point, which in a male way was so honest and touching – “I like you, you probably won’t see me again, look after my daughter”. Another more amusing insight Len shared with me was when he told me “Faith can move mountains – but you better take your spade”.

Len’s short contribution to my life was never more pertinent than in assessing the farce that is the redevelopment of the resort on Great Keppel.

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Originally Published – Saturday, February 27, 2016
Rockhampton Morning Bulletinthemorningbulletin.com.au

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