Crazy Old Man

An hour ago I was awaken by an emergency call from mom informing me that my dad was admitted to hospital for gunshot wounds. Gunshot wounds from his own favorite hobby – game hunting. One of his novice team mate tripped and the gun that was in his possession accidentally fired a shot point blank, thus hitting his right leg, and penetrated the left leg severing his thigh and calf. Talking about shock and disbelief, I was utterly speechless. I was angry as well as why the hell his novice team mate are allowed to handle a firearm in a search party.

Crazy old man.

That old man was always lucky, very lucky…sometimes I even wondered if my dad got nine lives like a cat. He has been through hell a lot of injuries and mishaps in the past but always recovered so well, and never afraid to get involved again.

Couple of years back he fell from the roof top with a shocking thump on the compound ground while doing DIY on the rooftop, yet he recovered miraculously without fracturing a bone. The year after that he was ‘sampok’ by ‘orang bunian’ (hob-goblins) in the jungle while hunting and left him ill for a week. Traditional mediums healed him and he was back on time to report for his next sail. Then just last year he was assaulted by street thugs in China during a trip there just because he taunt back at the thugs for their ‘racist’ remarks on him. Also survived a pirate seige on his vessel in Straits of Malacca during an assignment couple of years back. So lucky when the maritime enforcement agency came on time to rescue his crews despite few crews almost being taken hostage.

Crazy old man.

By midnight the docs (thanks doc!) successfully removed the bullet and he is recovering well. He didn’t even plan to sue this mate for the accident as he had already forgave him (lucky bugger). As for tomorrow, he still wanted to attend the ‘lau tia’ tea ceremony in my cousin sister’s wedding with a walking stick. I told my mom he better off staying in the hospital rather than walking around.

Crazy old man.

Thank god he is crazy, he is just my dad.