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A Christmas To Remember

Posted by tklassen on Sunday, December 5, 2010

My Dad passed away in February and this will be my first Christmas without him being around.  It will be kinda sad, and probably worse for me Mum as they really liked each other over the sixty odd years they were together. 

Anyway I got to thinking about lives lived and what sparks the memory of events, places, good times and bad.  It started when my wife and I were renovating our home and I was refinishing some furniture my Dad and I had cobbled up during a not so great time in my life   He was a very skilled carpenter and the pieces were made to furnish my hovel.  They have stood the test of time and are really quite timeless in their design and function.  As I was refinishing them I came across a few witness marks he had made on them during their construction.  A pencil mark here and there.  That was all it took to get me spinning back through time and wishing there was something more of him I could keep close.

Now in today's digital world it is so easy to leave a mark in the sand before time eventually washes away all traces of you.  So I took up the challenge and recorded a CD of Christmas tunes on banjo for my daughters.  Now I gave this long and serious thought.  I had considered a video but that date stamps a time and place and leaves little for the imagination.  Recorded music is timeless and has the abiltiy to bring back many day's and year's past at least in my head it does and I am dealing with genetics here.

So there you go girls, a gift only your Dad can give, especially for you and for you only.  Merry Christmas.



2 comments on “A Christmas To Remember”

banjotef Says:
Monday, December 6, 2010 @5:15:01 AM

I want to do the same, Tom. My parents left tons of pictures and documents behind for my brother, sister, and I to have and keep.

dgill Says:
Monday, December 6, 2010 @5:57:20 AM

What a lovely and thoughtful message. We all have these losses in our lives and this would be a very nice memento to leave behind. Forgive the spelling.

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