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The Empty Desk No pencils no pens not even a desk pad Empty Empty drawers and a cold empty chair He used to sit there once but now he is gone Dad was an intelligent man He was a qualified doctor he was also a professor in Psychology I used to love sitting on his lap and listening to stories stories of when he was a young energetic boy and what mischief he got up to How he used to go to a pub with his friends and tell ghost stories and then have to walk home that same night I was terrified He once told me I just giggled He used to sit at his desk newspaper in hand glasses on I would walk in everyday after school and he would put down his newspaper and smile at me a loving smile How was school today He would ask It was great I would say He used to sit and listen to all my news of the day laugh with me and get upset along with me Any advice that I needed he had Dad was never a rich man we were never a rich family but he was happy content with life He was happy with all he had done in his childhood in his adulthood the friends he made and the friends he had lost He lived through the war you know It was bad He would say The sadness and disaster was all around us That was part of the reason why his family moved to South Africa to get away from it all I was twelve years old when the news came he was thirty-nine I remember it like it was yesterday The phone rang and mom got up to answer it Suddenly she went pale ThThank you She said in a faint voice She put down the phone and fell to the floor
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