The Things They Leave Behind #2

So, this is it. The only arrowhead that I've ever found.

I asked my dad, the last time I spoke to him if he "planted it" for me to find.
Which he emphatically denies.
I was quite relieved.
I mean, that would be sweet and all. But I'm glad it came to me own it's own.

The story about finding it came back to me at Christmas. My dad, Eileen, and my brothers came over on Christmas Eve....

Being adults (and I use that term loosely), Rav & I don't expect much from anyone for Christmas.
However, I know that I'm always in for it with my dad. He usually throws something emotional at me.
So, this year he hands me a box. And they specifically held this box back for me to open. Rav & I opened our Soprano's Family Cookbook, our assortment of gourmet cooking sauces and such. But this gift was held back.

We finally finished opening and the gift was handed over to me.
To be honest, I was scared.
Scared of having an emotional outburst.
I open it and inside of the box is a small shadow box.
And inside of the shadow box on batting, my dad arranged various of his artifacts from The Farm.
A handmade marble, a thimble, old buttons, pieces of pottery, various small tools - similar to arrowheads.
I was shocked and stunned.
Such a beautiful, heartfelt gift.
Probably one of the best I've ever received.
Receiving such a gift, kick-started my brain and reminded me of the arrowhead and the story, which I retold later that evening.

I probably could do this post and my dad/the gift better justice.
But the gift touched me so that I cannot find the words.
All I can say is that I look at it everyday and smile.
Just smile.

13 ripples in the pond:

carrie said...

Oh Tabba, I can only imagine how that gift must have made you feel.

Joker The Lurcher said...

what else is there to say?

Aliki2006 said...

What an amazing gift! And I know what you mean about wanting to have found that arrow head all by yourself...

Magpie said...

That is truly lovely. Thank you for sharing it with us.

deb said...

You do have the best dad.

flutter said...

and what a gift that smile is.

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

What an awesome gift. Good job, dad. :)

jen said...

i am such a fan of three dog night dad.

alejna said...

That is a wonderful gift. And it's wonderful that you've shared the wonder of it with us.

Jen M. said...

What a beautiful present to you - on so many levels.

Super B's Mom said...

Absolutely Awesome.

I love your Dad. :)

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phenom said...

So, like, where the hell are you?