I guess a letter to you is way overdue, you have blessed me for over 60 years and I haven’t taken the time to thank you.
I don’t need anything, I have more than I could have expected in this life.
I particularly want to thank you for your thoughtful gifts to my two great kids. They have never been naughty or caused us an ounce of grief.
Extra, extra thanks for my wife, she is wonderful. Remember, you were there on our first date at the Christmas party… so I am sure you had something to do with that. How did you know she was so awesome?
I never understood how you work things out. Seems like no one in our neighborhood had much money for gifts when we were kids, but somehow how every Christmas you came up with that one special gift for me and my brothers. I particularly want to thank you for the Roy Rogers Chuck Wagon set you gave me in 1956. Yes, I remember; it far exceeded my expectations. Special thanks for the year you gave my three younger brothers each a Schwinn Stingray. Boy, I don’t know how you pulled that one off. We never even thought to ask for a bike; that was just too much to ask for.
One thing that really perplexed me was never getting a transistor radio like my friends, but you gave me books. I guess you wanted me to read them, so I read them over and over. Now I realize that those books helped me to learn and educate myself so I would not have to rely on others for gifts to enjoy a good life. Thank you. Thank you for giving me "The Complete Walker" in 1970.
Additional thanks for teaching me to work hard to find that special gift each Christmas for my loved ones. It is hard to find that one special item each year and takes a lot of time, research and effort to listen to the things they say during the year to determine that special gift that is a complete surprise and absolutely something they did not realize they would enjoy so much. And thank you smiles and tears of joy when they open them.
Thank you for teaching me how to give gifts. Not out of guilt or charity, but for my own pleasure.
Not sure if you had anything to do with it, but thank you for the country I live in. And if you had anything to do with colors, shooting stars, the milky way, sunsets, sandy beaches, perfect waves in the surf, mountains, snow, deserts, streams, and smells; thank you for those too. Special thanks for trout. I don’t eat them much but sure like to watch them. Thank you for big horn sheep, they are my favorite. Thank you for bears, mountain lions and deer. Thank you for my dog, Corky.
P.S. I wish you wouldn’t charge so much money at the mall to take pictures with the children.