don’t worry. this will be the last of the christmas/holiday/gift posts. but as i was unpacking last night i walked by this box and realized this was the best gift i got this year. and it has a great story behind it.
my parents bought a clothespin christmas ornament kit their first year of marriage over 35 years ago. they made a few and years later my brother and i would pull out the falling-apart box and our dad helped us make a few more. our first married christmas together omar and i found the box and made a few more whose parts hadn’t gone missing over the years.
last year i posted a few pictures of them and then began a search for a similar box to buy for myself. no luck. i couldn’t find anything quite like the one my parents had. ebay to the rescue and i found the exact box of ornaments my parents bought years ago. but i didn’t feel like i should spend that much at the moment. it sold soon after and i kicked myself every time i thought of it for not buying it.
when my parents came down this past november an early wrapped present was given to me. guess who bought the ornaments i found on ebay? the best dad ever.
so omar and i made him one of the ones i tried to make as a 10 year old and mutilated in the process. the fireman now hangs on their tree. we used perhaps the worst glue known to man but i like to think the slight messiness gives it a bit of charm.