You always hope your parents live to a ripe old age, but that comes with the possibility that they may have to hand over the reins. Stu Hunt writes of grappling with that role change. Just above our kitchen table hangs a photo of my father. To be honest, he's a bit of a shambles. He's standing on the edge of Lake Wanaka next to his two-tone Mk 1 Zephyr, hooked up to my uncle's plywood boat. Dad has a wide grin, a cigarette dangling from his mouth, and he's pouring himself another beer. He hasn't shaved for days and his thick, dark hair is at all sorts of odd angles. He was 20-something when this photo was taken, I wasn't born yet. My mother hates it because all she remembers was being stuck at her parents' place with a newborn while Dad was out fishing and drinking with her brother. READ MORE: Kiwis families still love celebrating Christmas under canvas The conversation – a son remembers his father My father doesn't really remember it. Just another reckless afternoon before the reality of fatherhood really began to kick in. By the time I came along he had three mouths to… Read full this story
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