|Forum topic by bues0022||posted 07-27-2012 01:58 PM||971 views||0 times favorited||17 replies|
07-27-2012 01:58 PM
I’ve been involved in many online communities. Some come across feeling a little harsh and hostile, while others more like a big family. I always regarded lumberjocks as a warm and welcoming community, and just recently I experienced first-hand how amazing lumberjocks, and the people here really are.
My wife and I hard our first child last August, and consequently this year was my first Father’s day. I was unfortunately send to Europe for work for a little while, and was not in the states for the occasion. Unknown to me, my wife was trying to plan a special gift for me to come home to: http://lumberjocks.com/topics/39099
She thought to get me a keepsake box to always remember this “first” and knew I was involved a little on here. She put up a question asking for some direction of where to purchase, or does anyone sell unique, hand-craftedboxes. Many responded with suggestions, but one person truly stood apart. Andy (SN: gfadvm) messaged several times with my wife telling her to look at his gallery, and pick out something I might like. Through several messages, Andy got a feel for what my wife said I liked. Next thing she knows, a box arrives at the door from him: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/67612
Being a woodworker, I was obviously quite excited about the beautiful keepsake box. After opening the gift, she told me about the story on how she came to lumberjocks looking for direction on where to purchase, and the astonishing gift from his heart to us. Not once did he ask for anything for this – despite my wife offering. He didn’t even let my wife pay for the shipping. I was absolutely floored at his generosity towards us, despite not knowing us at all. I can’t even start to express my gratitude for this unbelieveable gift for us. I proudly have this box on my dresser, and it will be something very special for me to remember my first father’s day for a very long time.
I thought a long time about putting this post together. I do this not to brag about my great box (which it is :) ), but to show what amazing people are on lumberjocks, and the welcoming sense of family that exists – even though most have never met in person. I will never forget the generosity displayed here, and will use it as an example in my own life to “pay it forward” when I am able.
Thank you again Andy. You made my first Father’s day truly unforgetable.
-- Ryan -- Maple Grove, MN