“… without being really dry on my feet with how I could afford”.
This is a chronicle. This means that the content is the writer’s own opinion.
I like giving gifts much more than getting them. I always get a little fussy and uncomfortable when I get things, whether I’m invited to the pub or if I get a gift. I kind of want to give back twice so as not to feel guilty. I try to work on it because it will be expensive in the long run …
I’ve actually given away a few cars over the years. On one occasion a couple of years ago, I found myself in the situation of being completely without a car myself for a few weeks while three other people drove around in cars I gave them, so it can go.
Among other things, I have toyed with my dear dad some crappy cars over the years. Volvo and Saab above all, most recently a V70 that starts singing in the last verse. He has never asked for it but he is retired and if I can help with something I want to do it. My dad is very selfless and would never ask for anything, but sometimes in a weak moment he says what he dreams of, and this year my dad has had a real shitty year.
For more or less one and the same calendar year has he got rid of his best friend sanktbernhardhunden Ellie who I had the honor to give him as a pension gift, his life partner for 50 years, also my mother, passed away about three months ago, and in the last month two of his absolute best friends have also wandered on.
If he whines? Absolutely not, he would never do that. That generation is made of a different kind of wood, it’s just to be noted. He struggles with his, chops firewood, and helps anyone who asks for help. He’s a good old man, my father. Ask anyone who has met him.
But sometimes he even allows himself to dream. The Sanktbernharden he received when he retired he had dreamed of since the age of 35. The only other thing he has dreamed of, at least what he has revealed in my vicinity, is a large American pickup. One with step strips and bold V8.
“It would have been cool to go around with,” he says dreamily and then he goes on without a thought that that dream could ever be realized. He is a simple man, his twenty year old V70 works well.
A week ago, the days after his latest close friend passed away, I sat in the Åretrakten and drew the story of my father for editor-in-chief Alrik and the rest of the film team who were up and making a recording for Reason & Feeling.
Every now and then it became obvious. I called a car dealer friend who said he had a great pickup, a red Dodge Ram with a Hemi-V8. Without feeling really dry about how I could afford it, I said to the great delight of the film team: “I’ll take it!” Shitty, I thought, it must work out.
Now this one is standing in the driveway waiting. I have even fixed a large red bow that I will put on the hood. On Christmas Eve he will get it from my children. The only thing I know he wants, because he’s had a really shitty year. He always helps everyone and never demands anything in return.
I’m very proud of him and this is easily the best car deal I’ve ever done, no matter how much I lose on it. I am writing this a few days before Christmas, and when this magazine comes out, Christmas Eve has passed and the car is parked on Solö outside Norrtälje, or hopefully he is out driving a raggar lap with it.
So you are in the Norrtälje area and happens to see a large, red, rumbling Dodge Ram, extends his hand through the car window and waves. It is my hero Benny leadfoot you meet, and you should be very happy that you have been allowed to do so. Good luck to you, and take care of each other!
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