The Best Gift I Ever Received

When I was in elementary school, I went on a field trip to see The Nutcracker.  I was mesmerized by it.  For the next couple of weeks, my mind played back scenarios from the ballet and the story continually ran through my imagination.

It was around this time, Mom took me to the local Christmas market.  I found a booth selling small wooden soldiers that reminded me of the ballet.

I told Mom I wanted some of the wooden soldiers for Christmas, but she was reluctant to buy them.  She didn’t understand why I would want nicknacks and felt it would be a waste of money.

I was relentless.  I had to have one.  Mom finally gave in and bought two of those soldiers for me.

I cherished those soldiers.  Unfortunately, only one of the solders has survived all these years.  It is the only toy from my childhood that I still own and I keep it in a glass display case.

It may sound strange, but this small wooden soldier is the best gift I ever received.

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Doggy Day Out

Cook’s Pest Control came today to spray the yard for fleas and ticks.  We don’t have any, but with five dogs it’s important to be proactive.  The dogs had to stay out of the yard for a couple of hours, so I decided to take them on a field trip.

First, we did the drive-thru at the bank.  I deposited my check, and the teller sent out five biscuits for the boys.  I called each boy by name and handed them their treat.  They all did an excellent job.  They waited calmly for their turn and didn’t try to take a treat from another dog.  The teller was very impressed and said, “Your dogs are awesome.”

Next, I took the boys into the woods.  They had a wonderful time running around and swimming.  Ben tried to catch some of the fish, but wasn’t successful.  It was fun watching him try and it made me laugh.

Finally, it was time to go home.  The boys had a great time and they are all exhausted.  I ended up spending the afternoon cleaning the Jeep, because it was covered in mud.

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