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Do you ever wonder where peoples’ passions come from? What draws someone to one thing over another or gives them that instant joy at the simple hint of it? I believe that many of our passions and forms of happiness stem from memories – special bonds that we have formed with someone else. For instance, when I gave birth to my first child, someone sent a lovely bouquet of lilies to my hospital room. The fragrance was so intense, and I remember it so vividly, that now whenever I get a whiff of that scent I am instantly taken back to that moment of joy in my life and for no other reason than a simple memory I instantly find myself smiling ear to ear. I just love how the brain works, don’t you? Memories can be tied to fragrances, sights, objects – really anything, even the feeling of a cool spring breeze catching me through my open window has from time to time shared a special memory with me.
For my husband, his cars are that special memory. Whenever he is near them, driving in them or taking care of them, I can see his happiness shining through. You see, my husbands cars remind him of a special bond he has with his father. This bond that was formed from the moment he was born. Don’t believe me? Just ask his mother, she has plenty of photos to prove it and I’m sure she would be happy to show them to you. Photos of him no older than two, sitting in the drivers seat and pretending to drive. And as he reached his teenage years, that bond only grew. I imagine my husband during those awkward and angry years when he didn’t know where to turn, heading into his dad’s garage and the two of them spending hours wrenching on their cars together. Neither one of them needed to say a word – they just worked out their feelings while they worked on their cars. When he graduated high school, his cars were there. And it continues, the family photo albums are full of photo’s such as these. To him, these cars represent his family, his childhood, overcome obstacles and something he feels joy in sharing with others. When my husband and I were married, I was drawn into that family bond of car shows and culture. While I don’t have the exact same passion that my husband has, I do enjoy them and I love what they represent to him.
Now that my husband and I have our own children, I find it fun to watch him try to share that bond with them. He wants them to feel the same joy that he and his father created together during those summer days in the garage or times spent cruising around together. I think that it is beautiful. What is even more beautiful is that he gives full heartedly that joy to both of our children. Both my son and my daughter adore their special moments of going for a special ride in the cars with their daddy and I know it warms his heart to share his happiness with them in this very special way. As their mother, I look forward to the years when they are old enough the work their frustrations out in the garage with their daddy because it a wonderful feeling to have someone be there for you. Someone who is there, even when words can’t be shared. I hope that my children come to adore the same bond that my husband and his father had. And one day when they are old enough to drive, may they rev up that engine and smile.
This Father’s Day, I wanted to help my children give their daddy a present that would not only bring him joy but also be very useful. So of course, we looked for something that he could use with his cars. Together we decided to purchase the Armor All car care gift pack 10 piece bucket from Walmart. This bucket contains many of the products that he already uses to help preserve the value and appearance of his cars so they may last for many more years to come. I know preserving his cars is important to him because he already talks about the day when he can pass his cars on down to his children. We also purchased a bucket for my husbands father because I knew that if my husband liked it, his father probably would as well. After checking out our present, we decided that we didn’t want to just hand him a bucket. We decided that it need to be wrapped – mostly my daughter decided that it needed to be wrapped. However, this bucket is surprisingly really hard to wrap! So I got crafty and decided to fashion our own gift box out of cheap shipping boxes to give him a gift that represented who he is. With a little bit of paint, cardboard and tape we were able to create a gift box that looked like the trunk of his hot rod. All he needed to do to get to his present was lift up the “trunk”.
2 – 10x10x12 shipping boxes
Scissors or utility knife
Begin by opening up the box and securing the bottom flaps – leave the top flaps open.
Carefully make a cut along the two side flaps that start from the top and curve downward towards the front. This is going to make the slope of the trunk.
Remove the front flap all together and stand the back three flaps up to meet. Tape them into place.
Using the second box, cut all of the flaps off and detach the box along the seal – so it makes one long strip of cardboard. This piece will form the hood.
Find the best fit for the hood piece so that it covers the opening on the top of the first box and tape it into place (it needs to create a hinge on the back of the box.) Remember, this part needs to open – so only tape the one edge.
Next, we covered our box in colored tape, but painting it would also work. We also used the leftover cardboard to form a license plate, tail lights and handle. We attached these using rolled up pieces of tape. After decorating the box, the Armor All car care bucket could be easily slide inside the “trunk” for a very special gift for dad.
The gift was a hit and the boys wasted no time getting to work sparkling up their tires. I’ll be honest, I did consider cleaning up the cars ahead of time as an added special gift to them, but then I went and bought myself a coffee instead. It was a nice thought.