nobody…

hello Manny…just got the ultimate insult…,the old man said…, you’re not gonna’ believe this…had these people come up here to my room just now and tell me I needed to take a bath…, he said…, a bath…can you believe that…, the old man strained to be heard…

dad…you probably need to take a bath…is that what the nurses are tellin’ ya’…that you need a bath…

I bathe everyday…

take a shower everyday…

take spit baths…not ’round anybody to tell the difference whether I smell or not to be honest ’bout it…, his raspy voice protested…

pop…you do need to take care of yourself…

whatdya’ mean take care of myself…

your hygiene…shower…brush your teeth…

I do all that…sometimes…

need to do it all the time dad…

you taken their side…not sticken-up for me huh…wanna see me go up to the 12th floor don’tcha…where they’ll just keep me in a bed all day long and kill me softly with pills and boredom…pills and boredom…

pop…you need to start taken better care of your nature…

sayin’ I smell…

been ’round ya’ when you smelled…yea… i have…

whose idea was it to put me in this place anyway…this nursing home…

its assisted living dad…assisted living…

you call it what you want…I know the truth…always cookin’-up some story aren’tcha…think ya know better than me…

didn’t say that dad…

well what are ya’ sayin’…you on my side or not…huh…my side or not…and be straight with me boy…you think I’m incapable of taking care of myself…do ya’…

i gotta’ go pop…

I’m askin’ you a question…

i know dad…and i’m on your side…just want what’s best for ya’…

bullshit…that’s just new fangled bullshit is what that is…you never were on my side…no-one was…just your mom…she was always on my side…

mom would probably tell you to take a bath…

gettin’ real cute boy ain’tcha…got nobody left on my side…nobody…

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