Monday 26 June 2017

Completely out of his Christmas tree

A worker cuts down a Christmas tree
in the Misa fields in Auckland, New
Zealand. Photo: SANDRA MU/GETTY
A worker cuts down a Christmas tree in the Misa fields in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: SANDRA MU/GETTY

• There's no time like Christmas for hope and the magic of possibility. The father and I were never great. So long as I needed nothing from him, he could put up with me.

We lived in a sniffy part of Cork on a hill, and looking down came naturally. The old fella was moonlighting for the holidays, taking a bit of leave from his job as a 'senior clerk'.

He was bootlegging Christmas trees in a car park with a friend far enough from the mighty metropolis of Cork not to be seen by a neighbour.

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