By Hand — What’s the best present you’ve ever received that was handmade by the giver, not store-bought? Tell us what made it so special.
I’m not sure what to say. You mean, the lumpy ashtrays kids make in school? The kids don’t even think much of them, but we all ooh and aah over them like we have a budding Rembrandt in our midst. Because buttressing the egos of our fledglings is our job.
So I’ll go with the concept of “not store-bought” as the major factor in this story.
One bright Christmas, Garry had a pictures taken of him and our two dogs, Divot and Pagan. He signed it, and had it framed. Both dogs have long since passed and Garry doesn’t look like that any more, but that was the best gift.
It captured a time and a place that would soon be gone, but because of Garry’s gift, lived with us for decades longer.