I hate it when people talk about my an I Am A Grumpy Cat I Do What I Want When I Want Shirt dad in general terms even when those things are nice, it reminds me that he’s dead. It’s only when you have shuffled off that people talk about you in these crappy generalities, with these vague platitudes. He was kind, he was generous, he was decent.
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My dad and Charlie missed an I Am A Grumpy Cat I Do What I Want When I Want Shirt each other by four years. One died, the other one arrived and in between, there was this four-year gap. It feels strange that they missed each other. Like there is something slightly out of kilter with the universe that they will never meet. They’d have got on. But this is a four-year gap that can never be breached. ..Four years may as well be a millennium.