The Geezer hopes you’ve been successful this holiday season if you’ve chosen to participate in the annual quest for the elusive “perfect gift”—something desirable, unexpected, and lasting. Thanks to some special people, I get to enjoy such a gift year after year.
|Our "Holiday Express"|
To my complete surprise, for my seventh Christmas my parents, who could ill-afford it, gave me an American Flyer model train complete with a few building replicas and a faux tunnel. The little train provided many hours of joy.
As with most toys, the train set fell into disuse as I grew up and became interested in other pursuits. It was packed away in the attic of the family home. Before my mother died, she made sure I got the train. It stayed with us in storage for nearly 25 years. We gave the train to son Lee, but he had no place to use or store it.
Three years ago, to get ready for our move to Michigan we shipped everything we could to Lee (he now had a large house), including the train set and other items we were storing for him. We couldn’t get into our new house until after Christmas, so we stayed at Lee’s home and planned holiday celebrations with him and his fiancée Karen.
The first thing that came to mind when I got up Christmas morning was that famous line, “What to my wondering eyes did appear.” The little train was running on its old track around the base of Lee’s tree! Lee had taken the train set to a local expert for rejuvenation, bought a new transformer, and set the track up for the first run in 64 years. Karen and beautiful wife Sandy did a great job of keeping the project a secret until the Christmas unveiling.
Now, seeing the “Holiday Express” chug around the track once again is my special gift every Christmas. Here’s wishing you equal enjoyment this holiday season. And may you receive many special gifts throughout the New Year.