Saturday, October 24, 2009

Frank Whipple: A hands-on dad at 101

That's the title of an article in the UK's Guardian. (See http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/oct/24/frank-whipple-millwall-single-dad.)

The article begins:

Frank Whipple is 101. He saw action in the 1926 General Strike, he fought the fascists in Cable Street in the 1930s, and for more than 30 years he has cared single-handedly for his beloved daughter Peggy, who has special needs.

Frank Whipple and his daughter Peggy sit side by side at the kitchen table at their home in the East End of London. Peggy should be at the day centre but she has invented a collection of symptoms so she can stay at home with her dad. "Headache, back ache, leg ache, she's got them all until it's too late to go," Frank says good humouredly. "Then, she suddenly gets better."

Peggy strokes her father's hand and smiles happily. "I love you, Dad," she says. "I look after you, don't I?"


Click here to see Frank's photo and read the rest of the article.

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