We made the trip up to Mom and Dad’s and back without incident yesterday despite getting caught behind a traffic backup from a nasty accident on the freeway. The whole family was there and a good time was had by all. Despite not having had presents for anyone other than the kids, I still got a couple of gifts myself including a gift card for Starbucks from my brother’s family, which is a place I’ve so far managed to avoid ever setting foot into. I’m sure it’s an attempt to get me addicted to their coffees. My Aunt and Uncle gave my family a Smuckers Ice Cream Gift Set that has a nice ice cream scoop, ice cream dishes, and an assortment of toppings. My Dad gave me two new Foxtrot collections and It’s A Wonderful Life on DVD (which is one of the first items I ever put on my wish list). But it was my Mom who had the biggest surprise for me.
I have been a fan of the British sci-fi series Doctor Who for over half my life and Tom Baker’s portrayal of the Fourth Doctor is probably my all-time favorite. I don’t recall exactly when, but sometime in my early teens my Mom sat down and handmade me my own Doctor Who scarf. The colors weren’t exactly like what was used in the series, it was only 13 feet instead of 18 feet long, and it clashed with every outfit I could come up with, but that didn’t matter to me. I fell in love with that scarf the moment I saw it because it had been handmade especially for me. It was my own personal version of the Doctor Who scarf. It had 6 feet for either side and 1 foot for around my neck and it thinned a bit in the middle so it would fit around my neck better. I still have it. It’s older than my daughter—it must be at least 24 or 25 years by now—and I still wear it on occasion. There’s nothing better on a bitter January day then having that scarf around your neck and wrapped around your body under your coat. A couple of Christmases ago my mother surprised me by giving me a handmade hat that matched my old scarf perfectly. After over 20 years she still had enough of that old yarn left to make a matching hat.
This year Mom surprised me again by giving me a new and improved version of the scarf. The colors are a much closer match and it’s made of a very special sort of yarn, the name of which escapes me at the moment, but it’s stunningly soft and comfortable. It fits in well with the coat and hat I got last year and I got all misty-eyed when I unwrapped it. I have always loved the original scarf my Mom made me and I’m sure I’m going to love this one even more. I look forward to wearing it for the next 25 years at least. Not that my old scarf is going homeless. My daughter has already called dibs on it and as long as she promises to take good care of it and use it then I think it’ll be in good hands for another 25 years itself.
So, yeah, we had a good time yesterday though I did feel a little bad about not having more gifts to give. Still, being with family and friends was definitely worth it and was the best gift I could have hoped for. In fact, I think the following picture says it all:
More later including what was in the packages from deadscot, Mac, and Shana in Japan. A big thanks to all three for the gifts! For now I’ll leave off with one more pic from yesterday’s fun at my parents house. My Dad is easily our number one fan here at Stupid Evil Bastard, something that makes me very happy indeed, and my Mom decided to surprise him with an official SEB sweatshirt:
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a man so happy to get a potentially offensive sweatshirt before. Stupid Evil Bastard: Brightening up your Holidays since 2001!