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So, Christmas morning, after the last gift was unwrapped, my dad said, "oh wait, there's one more." ((He ALWAYS does this. There's always one gift that is a "surprise" that he "forgets" about.))
He handed me this small, clumsily wrapped box. He had obviously wrapped it himself (which is RARE for him). He said "I want this to stay here, but I want you to unwrap it."
The tag said "For Cora." I immediately burst into tears, and my hands were shaking so bad I almost couldn't unwrap it. It was the most beautiful snowglobe with an angel inside. Then he put it on the book shelf with some other trinkets he's gotten over the years that mean a lot to him.
I was amazed. My dad did that all on his own. It wasn't my mother's idea, it was his. He remembers. I don't know if I can truly express how much that meant to me.
I think the reason it was so unexpected is because he's one of the ones who tells me to "move on" and "focus on the ones you have" the most. So for him to do something like that...it's out of character.
I still get teary eyed thinking about it. As soon as DH gets home I'll post a picture (the camera got left in the car)