|I also made something for my younger
daughter, Angela, which is attending college
as well. Her project had been thought of while I was is the mountains
deer hunting this year. Why would deer hunting do that you ask? Acorns!!
The story goes like this. I was having lunch
under some pine trees (a smashed ham sandwich that has been bouncing
around in my pack for hours that tastes so much better when your out in
the woods than if you were at home along with some smashed chips) while
hunting in late October. I was just letting my mind wander for a few
minutes enjoying the cool mountain air along with some water to wash the food
down with. Once I was through eating, I
was back on my way when I came too a small creak of running water. Near
the water were some acorns and right then it hit me what to give my
daughter for Christmas.
and I went deer hunting a long time ago when she was about eight or nine
years old. One of the things that she learned that day was how to read a
map. What I did was tell her what forestry road we were on and she did
the rest. I was impressed because she was very young and I didn't expect
her to do that well. We looked through binoculars together and tried to
find a deer but it we didn't see any that day.
After spending the whole day together, walking and driving around those same mountings, we came across an area that had running
water and close by were some acorns on the ground. We stopped and walked
around a little bit and when it was time to leave, we picked up a few of the acorns
to bring home. I didn't know it back then but they ended up being a reminder of what a good
time we had that day. And
to this very day, we both still have them (I keep mine in a small box at
home that also has a few other keep sakes of special moments in time of
my kids. They aren't worth much, and might not have any value to
them at all or to anyone else, but they mean the world to me).
seeing those acorns on the ground, at just about the same spot that the two
of us were at years ago, I just had to pick them up and take them home. This
is where the idea of the box came into play. What I had in mind was to
build her a wooden box and place the acorns inside for her to open on
Christmas day. I guess you could call it a two-in-one present.
she opened up the cardboard box that I had placed her wrapped present in,
she looked at her gift and said how cool it looked. But when she
took the lid off and looked inside, I had placed a note on top of some
bubble-rap that read, "This was one of the best days of my
life, love dad". After she removed the bubble rap, her eyes filled with tears
when she saw the acorns laying there in the bottom.
this point, my eyes were doing the same thing, along with everyone else
in the room once they found out what the story was behind the little
treasures that were inside her present.