The best gift I will ever receive

As you scroll through the Rolodex of childhood memories, what is your favorite one?

Looking back on life as a child the one constant I could always remember was my dad and his music. My dad and his records. The days that held clear pictures in my memory as the best days and even the worst days there was music playing.

A few years ago, my dad unexpectedly passed away. As it always goes, crazy family members sadly claim things even before the person is gone sometimes. The only thing I ever wanted was my Dad’s music.

After the funeral I packed up as many boxes as I could with his dusty records and 8-tracks. I shipped them home [which cost more than the value of them] but the memories they gave me are invaluable … it was worth it. The records remained boxed and taped up in the back of my closet for a few years.

As I was doing my Christmas shopping this year, I came across this Fischer Price record player which I had as a child. I knew I HAD to get it for my son! I was ecstatic! I gave it to him Christmas Eve, considering he is only 9 months he didn’t quite get it so it was more for me I suppose. /home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/2c8/78451374/files/2015/01/img_5110.jpg

The next day, Christmas morning, my Husband and I gathered around the tree with or son and our coffee cups. This was our first Christmas as three! It was magical!

After watching our son tear through his gifts, my Husband handed me a box with a gift tag that read – To: Mama | From: Grayson. As I tore off the wrapping paper the box became visible, it was a record player!

I cried … hard … and for what felt like forever. My Husband just gave me the best Christmas gift I have EVER received! I ran to the closet that held my Dad’s records, ripped open the box, dusted one off and as I gently set the needle down on the vinyl, I cried, again./home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/2c8/78451374/files/2014/12/img_4901.jpg
I spent the next few days playing record after record. Each track bringing me back to when my Dad and I used to listen to them together.

This was and is the BEST gift I will EVER receive. /home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/2c8/78451374/files/2014/12/img_4900.jpg

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2 thoughts on “The best gift I will ever receive

  1. shoes says:

    Wow. I just sat down with my second cup of coffee for some quick blog reading and never expected to be crying. What a beautiful story. My father passed away a little over two years ago so your words really resonated with me. I love both of the record players that were under your tree. What a wonderful first Christmas for your sweet family.

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  2. Maggie J says:

    This is awesome. I too lost both parents unexpectedly and was surprised by what I kept from their belongings.

    My mom embarrassed me on more than one occasion growing up by playing her Amazing Grace on bagpipes record when I had friends over. She would semi-jokedly say she wanted it played at her funeral. As a testament to my friends, an hour after I called my BFF to tell her mom had passed away, she already had a number of a bagpiper ready to roll.

    I kept that record even though I didn’t keep the player. Perhaps I could come over, our kids could talk about how crazy their mamas are, and we could cry and listen to music together. 🙂

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