A few years ago, I gave my dad a solar powered hanging ball decoration for his yard. I told him to just hang it on a tree because the sun would shine on it and then at night the whole thing would glow different alternating colors. We had a long discussion on batteries and why this ball did not need new batteries all the time. I love my dad, but when I say a long discussion, I mean a really long discussion.
So a few days later the phone rings and it is Dad. Conversation goes something like this:
- “I really like that light up ball you gave me.”
“I’m glad you do. So which tree did you hang it on?” I asked.
“Since I watch TV at night from my recliner, I put it outside the big window so I can watch it too.” he said in his usual country twang.
“Then right before I go to bed I bring it in.” he said without skipping a beat.
“Did you say that you bring the ball inside at night?” I asked him a little surprised and confused.
“Yeah! I don’t want anyone to steal it!”
There goes my theory of a maintenance free gift. For the past three years, every morning Dad hangs the solar ball on the tree and every night before going to bed, he brings it inside. I try to just remind myself that at least he is enjoying it!
Skimming through the internet, I happened upon some really different products. Unfortunately, the huge pot called BLOOM is the one I would love to buy Dad this year, but it is way too expensive if I’m doing my dollar conversions correctly. However, I still think it is a fantastic idea and may try to mimic it somehow for him!
Oh my, on second thought, what about a roll of black toilet paper?!!!
Someone help me.
I’m laughing so hard my stomaching is aching!
Tears are streaming down my face!
I can just about see his face if he opened a roll of black toilet paper. He would think I had totally lost my mind.