My father turned 77 the 21st of January. My brother had sent him a wicked black, Green & Gold leather Packers jacket for Christmas. What do you get your father for his 77th birthday when he already has everything he'll ever need?
While getting ready to watch the Packers/Giants game, I got on all my packers gear and realized I didn't have a Packers hat. I went over to my Dad's and I made the observation that I didn't even know I didn't have a Packers hat and he confessed that he didn't either.
That really surprised me! I did what any good son would do! I jumped in my truck and drove straight to the local mall. Finally after an hour of searching, (I never go to the mall! : ) I found a hat shop and they had one Packer hat left! It was Green, Gold, and white it matched his pull-over perfectly, but, didn't really go with his leather Packers jacket.
Right then I had an epiphany...I got on my computer and ordered him the Packers 2011 Division Championship hat which is black & white, an orange hunting for hunger hat, that he can wear while we're training dogs, a Vince Lombardi T-shirt, one share of Green Bay Packers Stock, and the kick ass plaque to display his stock certificate above his computer, along with all his coaching awards.
My father coached high school football for 25 years. He was the best coach I ever had, including college and overseas in the service.
The 2 hats and t-shirt arrived in time for his party, unfortunately, the stock certificate and plaque, since they were personalized, hadn't arrived in time. Dad loved his presents, but, like any 77 year old, he complained that we'd spent too much money on him and didn't have to go to such extremes.
The next Monday the UPS pulled into our lane and I ran out to get the stock certificate. I sat out on the front porch knowing that dad couldn't resist coming out to see what the UPS guy had dropped off. I explained that it was another birthday present that hadn't arrived in time. He said, "You've already done way to much." I said, "If ya don't want it, I'll keep it, but, you have to sign it over to me!" That peaked his curiosity. I told him to be very careful opening it because it was very important and irreplaceable.
You should have seen his face when he realized that he was a Green Bay Packer Shareholder. It was priceless! It was also the only time in 50 years that I've seen my father speechless! All in all it was almost $500.00, but, I can honestly say it was worth every penny!!
We are still waiting for the plaque, and I can't wait to see it displayed proudly on his office wall. I've already started to save so I can send him to the ShareHolders meeting at Lambeau in July!
The last thing I did, was show him on the back of the stock certificate where he can transfer ownership! : )
GO PACK GO!!!