You Got Dad’s Back

| Adelaide, SA, Australia | Bad Behavior, Family & Kids, Health & Body

(I am eight years old. My mother, father and I are all in the chemist to get some medication. My father has a rare spinal condition which is causing him to wobble when he walks, even with a frame. We’re waiting at the counter and hear a customer behind us make a remark under their breath; deliberately loud enough for us to hear.)

Customer #1: “Drunk at 9AM; you should be ashamed.”

(We try to ignore it.)

Customer #1: “This is disgusting; you should be so embarrassed.”

(I don’t like this person being rude to my father.)

Me: “Watch your tone lady. If you’d bother to be polite and ask if my father is okay, you’d know he has a special illness that makes him this way. He’s not drunk; he’s my father, and I love him. Now apologize for being so mean about him.”

(She goes red, stammers, and goes down an aisle. The pharmacist gives me a lollipop.)