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It's Father's Day here in the UK next weekend, and I've been thinking about what to do for my Dad.
All the shops are closed, and my parents aren't online, so a voucher is out of the question, My Dad doesn't fish or golf or tinker with cars like a lot of guys do. His 'hobby' is reading and watching documentaries, but he has got more books than he'll ever be able to read and more DVDs than he'll ever be able to watch; he is the archetype man who has everything, and thinking up gifts for him gets harder and harder.
This year, as I was cogitating on the problem, I thought rather than buy him a gift he doesn't need, I'll give the money to someone who does need it and make a charity donation on his behalf.
So I decided to adopt him a donkey from the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary. He likes animals, and has a particular fondness for donkeys (he gets that from my Grandad who loved donkeys more than any other animal, and more than most people too).
So, earlier this week I adopted him a sweet old Jenny called Doughnut, filled in the online form with his details as it was to be a gift, paid my money and then sat back to wait for the paperwork to arrive so that I could send it onto him with his card.
I got a phone call this morning from My Dad sounding very confused, and saying he's had a letter and a pack of photos out of the blue from the donkey sanctuary about a donkey called Doughnut. Did I know anything about this?
Ah, okay, so that didn't go quite as planned!
So I told him that was his Fathers Day gift, and that I was expecting the paperwork to come to me but, hey ho! Happy - early - Father's Day!
He called me back an hour later having read the information pack and was telling me all about Doughnut; she's 35 years old and is very sweet-natured so is occasionally used for community work. She also used to do riding for the disabled, but has been retired. So, after her suprise appearance, it looks like Doughnut has gone down well :D
Now I've just got to figure out what to get him for his birthday - the week after Father's Day!!! AAAAARGH!