Friday, December 15, 2006

The best Christmas presents.

I have always tried to make some of my Christmas presents by hand. I have done a bit of blacksmithing and I can weld, grind and burnish almost any type of metal so those types of gifts are not hard for me to make. I also dabble in leather craft. I am not a very good at carving and shading, but I do some border tooling and stamping as well as hand stitching.

I like working with my hands, but to tell you the truth I like writing letters just as much. A heart felt hand written letter means more to me than any other gift I receive.

This year I am writing a special letter to my step Father.

My Father past away in 1991 and after a 8 0r 9 years and a move that took her up to north Idaho, she met Paul.

He is as different a man from my Father as you could find. My Father was a rough, hard working, hard drinking man who made and lost more than few fortunes in his life. There was never a dull moment around our ranch, that's for sure. I loved my father dearly, but he was a troubled man doing the best he could.

Paul is a very quiet, kind, God loving man, and he loves my Mother with all his heart. I only get to see them once a year or so and I wish I could spend more time with them both.

I like Paul as a person and I love him for how he loves my Mother. I want him to know how important he is to me, how I don't have to worry about Mom as much because I know she is in good hands.

Have you been the recipient of such a letter? Have you ever written one?


fetching jen said...

YC, I am a stepdaughter and a stepmother... an interesting perspective.

My stepmother married my father when I was a senior in high school. My own mother and I are estranged so she filled interesting shoes. She took on two teen aged kids as well as her own toddlers. She has been through so much with us and never once has she backed down from the task. I wrote her a thank you letter a few years ago, telling her how she has been more of a mother to me than my own biological mother ever was. And even with our differences (she's a lib), she is such a wonderful person... for loving my dad and us, and just accepting us as her family.

The words will pour out when you begin to write, and as you are a very thoughtful writer, just let it flow. You are very fortunate to have had a dad and now a stepdad who sounds like a wonderful person.

Yolo Cowboy said...

Thanks for the kind words Jen. Merry Christams to you and yours.