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Dad and the Mystery Gift

It has been about five months from the day that my father passed away. There are some things that defined my father and were just who he was. He was frugal and did not indulge himself unnecessarily. To what extent was he like this? Today I stopped by to visit Natalie. We talked about dad. We looked at his sock drawer and all the socks he had. I think he had socks in his drawer from 20 years ago and then there were several pairs that did not look worn. He must have had his favorites.

Next we looked in his closet as we talked. There was box wrapped in newspaper sitting on the shelf. Dad always seemed to wrap presents in newspaper. This particular box had writing on it indicating that it was a Christmas present for himself for the Christmas of 2010.

The mysterey gift

The mysterey gift

We opened the box and found a pair of new golf shoes. We looked at the tag on the box, $49.99. A quick glance at the receipt and we discovered that he had purchased them on sale of $27.00 and change in July of 2008, almost a year before he passed away. I can see it now, the golf shoes that he liked were on sale and he purchased a pair. He wrapped them up and tucked them away knowing that he would not need a new pair until Christmas of 2010. It is unfortunate he had to pass so soon in his life and never got to unwrap those new golf shoes.

The gift for Christmas 2010

The gift for Christmas 2010


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