I am starting to get a lineup of story requests from people who know our family, which is great because my memory needs to be jogged. I promise to get to all of them, but with Father’s Day being tomorrow, and knowing what our gang is giving to “Doc”, it seemed like a good time to talk about some of the gifts that have been given and received around here. Some are very touching and others give you that “what?” look.
Early in our marriage, “Doc” surprised me with a string of pearls worn by a CareBear and wrapped in multiple huge boxes. That one gets an “AWW J” Years later it was followed by a pair of bright red (and I do mean bright red) tennis shoes. There was the year that I received a singing backpack pig purse. I was upset at the time, but it brings a small smile to my face now. Just a small one. I have a collection of five foot tall Santas that always put a smile on my face. I got an antique yarn winder one year. My brother asked if it had jewelry or something attached to it. No, just antique yarn. “The Blonde” informed me a couple of years ago after she went Christmas shopping with “Doc”, that I shouldn’t get upset at the unusual gifts, and that he really puts a lot of thought into it. This past Christmas a friend at Church asked what I got for Christmas and I proudly said "I got a goat cart!" To which he replied, "Oh, Do you have a goat?" "Nope! But now I have a goat cart!"
The kids are always special when they give gifts. It seems like it took forever to convince them that Father's Day, Birthday and Christmas Gifts are a surprise. "Calvin" would routinely hand "Doc" a gift and say "Here Dad, I hope you like your coffee cup...." or jacket or whatever he happened to be getting.
"Doc" has been spending a lot of time constructing his hideaway in the Pennsylvania woods. In fact, he is sometimes referred to as the "Unibomber "because when he comes home he is unshaven and pretty dirty from the work being done. But hey, he is happy. This year for Father's Day, I had "The Ninja" do a reconnaissance mission to find out what he needs for his cabin. I really hope he likes the toilet that he is getting. I will bet that there are not many Dad's who can brag that they got a toilet for Father's Day.
But hey, I got a goat cart!
Wife, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Nurse, Grandmother, Friend...that's me in a nutshell!