UKArchive ID: 10080chrisk
Originally published on December 27, 2004 in Non-Fiction
This was originally posted as a journal but some one suggested that more people will access this if posted here.
Towards the end of last year, my father in law, 97, who lives in India had a nasty fall and had to be rushed to hospital for some stitches to the back of his head. By the time my wife and I got there he was back in the house and recovering nicely. In the next few days he was almost back to normal and reading his newspapers and walking about with a 'stick' which he hates he says as sticks are for very old people. I agreed with him but told him that though he is not 'very old' he is older than me and what his secret was. He says to me that every morning he has religious oats. 'Religious oats' ? I say. He says ,'ya the quaker one'. He also tells me that he has two brandies and a couple of long thick cigars in the evenings and despite his wife's complaint that the house stinks he has been doing this for the last 70 years or so. Then he asks me if I can keep a secret.'Definitely yes' I say. He says that the night he fell he had three brandies instead of his two and as he was pouring the third one into his glass, his hand was shaking so badly he couldn't control the amount that was going into the glass. He also asks me not to mention this to his wife as the version of events told to her is somewhat different from what he just told me. Since I have returned to U.K, I have been drinking brandy and smoking cigars much to the surprise of my wife as she cannot understand that how a man who is used to drinking whiskey and smoking a pipe could suddenly change his habits. When she was going out shopping I reminded her that she shouldn't forget my religious oats as I do not love cornflakes anymore.
Archived comments for Religious Breakfast
Griffonner on 2004-12-28 03:40:37
Re: Religious Breakfast
Out of the mouths of babes, eh?
I can tell a similar tale that involves red wine. The very reason I changed my tipple away from whiskey.
chrisk on 2005-05-02 22:40:14
Re: Religious Breakfast
I am so sorry I missed your comments somehow. Just saw it tonite. Thanks for the 10. I am sorry to tell you that my father-in-law passed away on the 14th April last. He was able to read my book a week or so before! He was 98!