This album may not look all that special, but it is very well loved.
It has passed from careful old hands to sticky young hands. It has sat on the coffee table for months. It has been handled and passed around and looked at. A lot.
It contains 60 photos and 60 stories about my dad, directly from the mouths of the people he loves most. The night we gave it to him, he got very quiet. He looked through it, page by page, very slowly, three times in a row. Tears gathered in the corners of his eyes and actually overflowed in mine.
Do you want to know what I think he loved most? That his wife and children and in-laws and grandchildren all had a hand in this gift. That we all worked together to give him something so meaningful and so reflective of who he is. I think he loved seeing how we see him.
I can’t imagine giving anyone a better gift.
Join me in a new workshop, Easy Tribute Albums, that I'm teaching with Stacy Julian and Wendy Smedley, starting next week! I'll show you all of my secrets for pulling off a project like this, just in time for the holidays. (Come on, don't you want to give someone on your list the best Christmas gift ever?) In fact, there will be three album tracks to choose from. We'd all love to see you in class, so much that we're offering you a $5 coupon code if you register by the 14th. Enter code STACYCLAUS at checkout.