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A Gift from David!

Posted by joeabbott on May 22, 2011

imageP1020573My nephew, David, and I share an enjoyment of Xbox games, but long before that, we also played a game called Age of Empires on the PC. Well, AoE (as it’s known by its fans) has a long history but I stopped playing most computer games when I started enjoying leisure time on the Xbox. And, just like those who find a mastodon frozen in mid chew, you could find a copy of AoE III on my shelf unopened; the victim of the computer game ice age.

Well, a month or two back David got word to me that he was looking for a copy of AoE III. He’d shopped a couple of online sites, but they seemed to want more than you’d think someone would pay for a six year old PC game, and he was wondering if I knew of where he might be able to pick up a copy on the cheap.

As I had nearly forgotten I had an AoE III on the shelf, I’m certain he didn’t either … but I was more than happy to surrender it to someone interested in giving this old classic a spin. And so I dropped it off and grinned when he opened the package and said something like, “look at all the CDs!” Yeah, it came on multiple disks.

Anyhow, days later when I had dropped by after work, David presented me with a gift bag and a Thank you card. Now, that doesn’t seem common among young people these days … heck, for a number of my family members (happily, in-laws) recognition of gifts just isn’t something they do. Every now and then you see a parent giving their child a shove in the back, he or she shuffles over, stand in the vicinity while looking at their feet, and mumble something like, “thankyouforthegift” and hurry off before further interaction is involved.

But look at me, getting all preachy and old before my time.

Needless to say, David isn’t the common youth and more like the exceptional youth. And so I opened my gift, delighted at the collection of five jigsaw puzzles, and went home a very happy camper.

While many home chores got between me and my new jigsaws, I’m making time now. And following a very old tradition, when I complete a puzzle, I want my picture taken with it. So here’s the first of five!

Thanks, David!

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One Response to “A Gift from David!”

  1. Momma said

    David sounds like my kind of people. There’s nothing that makes the heart sing happier than genuine gratitude. I feel really pleased that everyone in our family understands this! 🙂 (beautiful puzzle!)
    Thanks for sharing, Joe. Momma

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