I Remember Taci
I remember when Taci would drive me to school in the morning, and sometimes I’d be late because of the train tracks.
I remember when Taci walked up the stairs and his ankles would crack.
I remember when Taci shared his grapefruit with me, and when he peeled me a big piece he said it was a ‘horsie bite’. If it was bigger than that, it was an ‘elephant bite’, and the biggest one was a ‘buffalo bite’.
I remember going to the Canadian National Exhibition and a carnival game would chant ‘doggie doggie, buffalo buffalo”. Taci would say that for years later, when he was in a good mood.
I remember when Taci took me to my guitar lessons.
I remember when Taci would play the banjo at night.
I remember Taci teaching judo, and wrestling with his students.
I remember when Taci and I went to the 1976 Olympic Games, and I asking him why he wasn’t fighting in the Judo matches with the other men.
I remember when Taci watched NHL hockey. He would ask me to get him a beer from the fridge, and I’d secretly take a sip before bringing it to him.
I remember when Charlotte’s Web premiered on television but I cried because I wasn’t allowed to watch it, because of hockey.
I remember when Taci bought the Aldershot Animal Hospital and we slept there for six months till our house was built.
I remember when Taci was upset with me because I filed a client card incorrectly, and he couldn’t find it.
I remember when Taci was operating on a dog, and the air smelled bad.
I remember when Taci told Mamička about the clients that visited that day.
I remember our great dane respected and loved Taci a lot.
I remember when Taci built a pool for us in the back yard, and he played with us.
I remember when Taci chasing me and my cousins around the house, and how happy I was to have a dad that played with me.
I remember when Taci built a deck and I helped by holding the measuring tape. Taci kept saying 69″ with each board he measured and from that day forward we called the measuring tape ’69’.
I remember Taci telling me stories about his family, and how life was like in Czechoslovakia.
I remember asking Taci why we left, and I noticed how sad he was, telling me that communism will unlikely fall in our lifetime.
I remember how Taci talked to and respected everyone, even an elevator attendant.
I remember when I asked Taci about the birds and the bees and he told me that you should love someone if you make love.
I remember when Taci would stand by the window and look at the ravine for a long time, thinking about stuff.
I remember when Taci stood in the kitchen, looking depressed, and I wanting to tell him that everything would be OK.
I remember when Taci came out of the house when I was playing basketball. He looked at the house, as if for the last time. As he walked down the street I thought I would never see him again.
I remember Taci laughing,
I remember Taci crying,
I remember that Taci was strong and smart,
I remember that everyone respected Taci,
I remember how everyone loved Taci.
If you missed the other Taci posts, you can link to them here:
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71 – British Colombia · Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (mountain)
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75 – Burlington · Vaclav & Gabriel Dusil (newspaper)
74.May – Hawaii · Vaclav & Gabriel Dusil (flamingos)
74.May – Hawaii · Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (plane trip)
72.Jul – Orlando · Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (hugging statue)