Duct Tape & Tin Foil: A Christmas Tradition
It sat there--the final gift under the Christmas tree. A huge box wrapped in shiny green paper that came up to my hip and much to my excitement had my name on it. As I reached down to pick it up I was stunned at the heaviness of it. Reading the tag I saw that it was a gift from my grandmother. I remember looking over to her and seeing her smirk. She looked pretty proud of herself. Getting excited I plopped right down on the floor and got ready to open it.
The Old Bat (that’s what we affectionately called her) told me to wait. She had something to say. She got up from the couch and walked over to me. Putting her hand on my shoulder she looked down at me “Remember that anything in life that is important-- you have to work for” she said. “Sometimes the things you have to really put an effort into reap the most reward”. I remember ribbing her a little about being so deep on Christmas morning. Looking me square in the eye she chuckled and patted me on the head. Once she was back on the couch and had her camera ready I reached for the present. Shocked again at how heavy it was I pulled at the tape on the side and grabbed a chunk of paper. With a dramatic flourish I tore off the shiny paper! What the hell was this? I remember thinking to myself, as I pulled off the remaining paper.
The entire box was covered in miles and miles of—Duct Tape.
“It's amazing what you can accomplish with a little imagination and a dozen rolls of duct tape”--J.V. Manning
My heart stopped. Immediately I knew what it was. Tears sprang to my eyes as I pulled it out and opened it. Nestled inside of the box was my great grandmother’s watch. A watch she had worn for years and had passed on to my grandmother. This watch was not worth a lot of money, nor was it particularly fashionable but it represented the two most important women in my life.
A tradition was born.
From that Christmas forward no one was safe. There would always be at least one present wrapped in rolls and rolls of duct tape and a half a roll of tin foil.
Two stand out in my mind the most.