Throughout high school, I gave my parents a lot of trouble. I didn't care much about following anyone's rules and was into a number
of different things I shouldn't have been. After graduation, I went home with my parents but I had already arranged for a studio
apartment across town. I didn't want to be at home a night longer than I had to. In the driveway of our home was an older used Ford
sedan. I asked them if they got a new car. My parents shook their heads and told me it was my graduation gift! I smiled and tried
to act happy but I thought, of all the cool cars they could get me, they get me this old Ford.
It wasn’t long before the car broke
down and I called my father. He came to take a look. He was a retired Army mechanic at this point and missed the work and military
life. He showed me what was wrong and taught me how to fix it. Every time I drove the car I wondered if it would break down. Even
the steering wheel bugged me because it was the old knobby type and the dash had cracks in it too. Over the next year, I must have
called him twenty times to help me work on the car. He'd come over and make sure everything kept running for me.
I sold the car
to a junkyard some years later; my dad agreed it was no longer worth repairing. But only recently did I begin to realize just how
important that old car ended up being for me. That car breaking down was the first time that I'd really connected with my father
in years given my stubborn adolescent streak. I wouldn't have called him once over that year if it wasn't for that car. Whenever
I remember that car, I remember my dad and the relationship that him working with me on the car provided.
He passed away last
year on Memorial Day. Two months ago I drove by a junkyard and saw an old Ford sedan just like OUR old car. I stopped to look at
it and wound up purchasing the steering wheel from it, the old knobby type. I now have it displayed proudly on the wall in my office.
I miss Dad terribly and realize that he was the very best gift I had during those developmental years! Thank Goodness for old Fords!
Hydrangeas with American Flag, Block Island, Rhode Island, USA by Cindy Miller Hopkins. Many framing and matting options available. Forthis look, select Black METROPOLITAN framing with Pale Laurel and Suede Navy matting.
When it comes to choosing a wonderful dessert for Memorial Day, we fell in love with this buttery tart featuring blueberries and raspberries in a light almond flavored pastry cream. This marvelous selection is made available by our friends at David's Cookies!
Proudly display your military career or that of a loved one with this expertly-crafted Flag and Memorabilia Shadow Box. The Pre-Assembled shadow boxes are professionally constructed. This impressive selection is made available by USA Military Medals!
This patriotic wreath is made of natural eucalyptus, dark blue caspia, red yarrow, dark blue eucalyptus and natural ammobium, for all-American style. Elements are attached to a natural twig base, and a red ribbon brings it all together. This lovely selection is made available by our friends at Plow & Hearth!
A beautiful reminder of a friend far away or a loved one lost, fashioned in fine sterling silver, this heart-shaped locket is half polished and half satin-finished with three gold-toned teardrops adorn one side. This exquisite selection is made available by our friends at Zales!
WA patriotic pick to send a brave veteran, decorate your Fourth of July picnic, or celebrate Memorial Day. Lush red, white and blue flowers are presented in a deep blue glass cube vase along with an American flag. This gorgeous selection is made available by our friends at Teleflora!
Thank Goodness for Old Fords
A Bella Atto Gift Story
Memorial Day Showcase
Other customers also visited these showcases!
Water Sports Gear
Meats & Cheeses
Haven't found what you're seeking? Desire more ideas?
Search EBay and Amazon here:
© 2016, Bella Atto LLC Et al., All rights reserved.
You deserve a happy break! Visit our Gift Story Gallery!
When budgets are tight, our Top 5 under $25 is just right!
Follow Us ~
Shop for Gifts as if
strolling the piazza with
our East & West arrows!
A Beautiful Place for Gift Ideas, Art Gifting, & More!
Customarily, a lovely gift for the occasion! Gift Away!
Beautiful, but you'll want to exercise caution in relationships!
Very nice, but most fitting for self gifting. Enjoy! You deserve it!