Sorry if this is irrelevent or uninteresting (please remove it if it is) I work for a recruitment company, and part of my job entails doing the after hours shift - working from midnight to 8AM. We get all kinds of people calling up, usually saying they're too sick to come to work. Yesterday morning i get a call from a bloke asking if it's alright if he takes a day off work. ASKING? Wow, what a bloke. Most guys are just content to grunt at me and hang up. I check with the site, they say it's fine, he's a good worker, no worries. What's the reason, I ask the candidate. His young son of six years has had a motorbike accident on the weekend, while motorcross racing with a club of kids the same age. Being a bike rider, and this guy on the phone was mad keen street racer, we spoke for about 20 minutes about bikes, and his son. He told me his son came off after a jump, and had the rest of the pack land on top of him. The guy was a little trooper - the first thing he asked when he came to was if he would still be allowed to ride a bike. His dad told him sure, mate, you'll just need a break for a while. This guy was proud as punch of his kid. He's broken 9 bones and that's the first thing he's said. Tough little bugger and his enthusiasm, and riding skill, was second to none at the club. His dad was telling me he's ridden a lot of bikes and his son had 'it'. So he wanted to take the day off stay with his son in hospital, and just keep him company for a while. He was very nervous and was really worried about letting the boys at his site down by not showing up. That was first thing yesterday morning. This morning i get a call at around 0630. I can't quite make out what the guy is saying on the other end of the phone, i couldn't tell if it was crying or laughing at first, but it turned out it was a bloke, so upset he was struggling to make a sound.. His son died last night in surgery. Shit. Shit. Shit. Shit. I'm not an emotional man by any stretch of the imagination, and in fact my ex would describe me as being a hearltess bastard, but I had a tear in my eye. Of all people it had to happen to... one of the nicest blokes you'll ever meet, proud as punch of his kid. Six years old. Jesus. Anyway, after the background, i was wondering if anybody had an idea of something we can send him? We don't want to send him some flowers, or something like that, but hearing the passion in his old man's voice... and hearing of his son's love of riding i'd really like something more motorbike-oriented. Or is that bad taste? I suppose i should just go the flowers, but i was thinking of something a little different. Any opinions? And the other thing, I'm not a religious man but there's probably some people around here that are. Spare a thought for these guys next time you're having a quiet word with the big man.