Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton

Dad joined the heavenly choir in the mid of year 2000 at the promising age of 38.

Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton
That meant the Christmas of that year will be without Dad. We had no one to talk to about our preferred attire for Christmas except mum who had never been part of our selection of Christmas out fits.

Lo and behold we got to December, and parents started buying their wards different kinds of dresses, shoes and other essentials that will make their Christmas worth celebrating.

As usual, mum woke up very early and wept bitterly asking God what, why and how she was going to provide for our Christmas. I was 12 years old, my brother after me was 8 and our little queen was just 2 years respectively.
Dad’s ‘Up and Down’

I can’t remember vividly, but all what I can remember was our old Christmas outfits have turned skimpy and we couldn’t do anything about it. Those were the days when every child was expectant of a Christmas out fit and will never take NO for an answer.

Mum went through Dad’s clothes and brought out an ash ‘up and down’ which was one of Dad’s favorite. Mum called me and said amidst tears, “Let’s call a tailor and let him reshape these to suite you She took another trousers and said she will do same for Paa Kwesi.

An old ‘oy3 ade3 yie’ was spotted and was asked by mum to do all what he can to let Dad’s material suit me and Paa Akwesi. He did his best and after hours of stitching and sewing, the up and down material for a 38 year old man was now fit for a 12 year old boy.

On Christmas Day

Christmas day finally came and together with my brother, we dressed in Dad’s ‘Up and Down’ and mingled up. Even though the tailor did a lot of work on the material, it still looked a bit buggy but we enjoyed wearing it to Church and other kiddie parties.

I have never stopped loving Dolly Parton’s ‘Coat of many colours’.

By Emmanuel Agyemfra Boateng

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