FFfAW: Week of 06-17-2015 – Saturday Ritual


Dad was sitting at the table with the racing form guide in front of him.

This was a Saturday ritual at our place.

He’d study the lists of races, select the horses he thought were worth betting on, fill out his betting slips and I’d take them to our local betting shop and set it all in motion.

During the afternoon with the television set on the racing channel he would sit and watch each race.

It was often worth the while to sit with him and watch his reaction as each race finished.

If he won he would have a smug look on his face, he’d write down the amount he’d won and fold that betting slip up ready for use the next week.

If he lost, he’d draw a cross on the slip and throw it to one side.

At the end of the afternoon I would ask him if he was in front or behind.

So often he was behind and would look up at me and say: It’s a hard game.

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19 Responses to FFfAW: Week of 06-17-2015 – Saturday Ritual

  1. Great story Michael! I think that says it all, “so often he was behind and would look up at me and say: It’s a hard game.” Sounds like he lost more than he won.

  2. Those simple rituals form lovely memories of those dear to us. Lovely story Michael.

  3. Loretta says:

    I never did try the horses; I have enough bad luck with the lottery. Nicely written memory, Michael.

  4. phylor says:

    Nice to spend time with your dad. A nice insight into his character/personality.

    • Thank you. As he aged I took over the horse race selections and so it became a blind leading the blind situation. Our biggest success was the day I went to put his bets on and one horse was scratched from a race so I substituted another number. That horse won at 100/1 and I knew then that luck was the only way you might ever win.

  5. skyllairae says:

    Love that last sentence, so profound.

  6. Ameena k.g says:

    What a truly beautiful story, it’s the little things that make up a lifetime of memories.

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