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Project by Betsy posted 12-04-2007 04:46 AM 1736 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I lost a good friend to sudden death this past weekend. I’m having a very hard time dealing with loosing someone who was a friend, but also someone so close to my age. It has made me think about people who were important to me and all those kinds of things. I got to thinking about my Dad and I decided to share with you my Rooster that Dad made for me almost 46 years ago. It’s still in pretty good shape despite making so many moves with me. Apparently I liked this rooster just as much, probably more, when I was a toddler. It seems that my Dad finally got annoyed with the pull toy making all that clicky clack noise as I pulled it along. The second picture shows where Dad broke off the little nubs that made the “music.” I’m told that did not stop me pulling and pulling that toy around. This is just one of those warm fuzzies we women like to keep around and talk about once in a while. Somehow makes us feel better.

I hope it brings back some nice memories for you of someone important in your life.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 12-04-2007 04:53 AM

Very sorry about your friend Betsy. Thats tough news to get.

I had a similar toy that i have fond memories of. Except mine was a tractor and the mans head bobbed up and down and side to side when i pulled it. Can’t remember if he made noise or not.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#2 posted 12-04-2007 05:35 AM

I’m sorry for your loss. It does make you stop and think when you get to the point where friends your own age are starting to leave you.

It’s nice that you will always have such a sweet personal reminder of your dad.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 12-04-2007 05:53 AM

I’m sorry for your loss. The older i get the more I like warm and fuzzy, thanks for sharing your story.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#4 posted 12-04-2007 05:54 AM

I’m sorry for your loss. The older I get the more I like warm and fuzzy, thanks for sharing your story.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#5 posted 12-04-2007 08:05 AM

Really sorry for your loss. Thanks for showing this Betsy if you built on maybe it would help you deal with your loss…..busy hands…. I think I’ll have to make a duck too for McKenzie the rocking horse girl.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#6 posted 12-04-2007 12:34 PM

Very sorry about your friend Betsy. Makes us think of our own mortality. I really like the story about the Rooster that your Dad made for you. Makes me want to make something similar for my 3 Granddaughters.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 12-04-2007 12:51 PM

“memories are the glue that holds us together at a time of loss”. Sorry about your loss, Betsy, and thanks for sharing the memory with us.
My biggest memory like that was the binder twine hula skirt my Dad made for me when I had the mumps. My Dad died in ‘82 and thinking of that skirt tugs at my heart and my tears.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#8 posted 12-04-2007 07:37 PM

So sorry to hear about your loss.

-- Robert,

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#9 posted 12-04-2007 08:26 PM

Thanks all. I appreciate the thoughts. I think if you have been thinking of making something for someone special you should go for it. You never know, 46 years from now they may post it and write about how someone important to them a long time ago made something special for them. I’m sure there will be some kind of internet in 46 years – hopefully LJ’s will still be around then!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#10 posted 12-04-2007 09:15 PM

Betsy, I guess that rooster could also remind us that some of the things which we make and give to people, could become very special to them – like this rooster is to you. All of our projects don’t have to be “amazing” displays of artistic ability to be special to someone.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#11 posted 12-04-2007 09:59 PM

Great story, thanks for sharing. It reminds us to not only hold on to things from the past, but to realize how much a handmade gift could mean to someone far into the future.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#12 posted 12-05-2007 02:28 AM

Thanks for sharing Betsy. Sorry to hear the sad news.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 12-05-2007 03:03 AM

What a wonderful gift your Dad made for you.

I’m so sorry to hear that you lost a friend. I have a table in my living room that I was making when a good friend of mine from high school died. I wasn’t able to make it to her funeral. The day of the funeral I was working on the table, and it ended up soaking up a few of my tears. Even though she never saw the table, it does make me think of her.

-- Chelle

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#14 posted 12-05-2007 03:09 AM

Sorry Betsy for you loss. I went to a funeral today for a friend’s brother. Yes it can happen at anytime. make the most of what you have and hold your friends close, don’t let them stray.

I’m sad when people say that they are estranged from their parents or brothers and sisters. We need family we will never get another. We need friends because true friends are so hard to find.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#15 posted 12-05-2007 06:00 AM

Thanks all. I appreciate the thoughts. I hope this helps you to remember the special people in your lives and realize that you are special to someone else.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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