I showed my father a picture of a cooler I made for a friend’s retirement. It was a simple design, a wooden box with legs, built around an Omaha Steaks shipping container. It had a bottle opener on the front and a lower shelf. My father loved it and asked me to build one for him.
Each year, I rack my brain to think of some unique gifts for Father’s day and dad’s birthday, so I welcomed the thought of making him something he wanted. But I decided to take it a step further. “We’ll make it together,” I told him. “Next time I’m in Florida.” Next time is now.
We spent Friday, in the Florida heat, building the cooler. We talked a bit, joked a bit, and worked more than a bit. We took a break for lunch and a trip to Lowe’s, and finished about 3:00. We were happy with the finished product, but more important, we had a good day together.
Building the cooler with my father was as much a gift to me as it was to him. If you’re lucky enough to have parents, spend time with them. It will mean a lot to them. But just as important, it will mean a lot to you.
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