My Mom's Gift to My Dad
I've begun to build up my collection of tools - like hammers, sanders, clamps, and drills, but I didn't yet have a circular saw. Anyone who's done any sort of carpentry will tell you that one universal tool that you'll use over and over is a 7 1/4" circular saw.
Embarking on these projects actually required one. I need to make a bunch of cuts and I didn't want to hack at them by hand.
That's where my family comes in.
First, because he was lending a hand on the deck, I borrowed my father-in-law's saw. He had a real nice saw with a laser so you could see where you were cutting. Because the saw is fairly indispensable, he needed it back shortly after I got it because he had projects of his own he had to tackle. From there, I asked my dad if I could borrow his. Sure enough, he dropped it off.
The saw worked just fine. But, inside his case was this receipt from 1980. It is for a return on my dad's saw. Turns out, after doing a bit of research (asking my folks about it), my mom seems to recall that she bought the saw for my dad as a Christmas present on December 1, 1979. It is all there on the document. When I pulled it out, I just stared at it for a few minutes. If not for the yellowed paper and the old-fashioned look to this, my mom's signature looks the same today as it did then. That's 30 years ago!
This story has another nice ending. On Christmas morning, Nat and I made our way to her folks place in Naperville. When I opened my gift, guess what they gave me? A 7 1/4" circular saw.