Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I Got a Rock

Sending Tucker off to France last week, we all had high hopes for gifts that he would bring back.
He brought me some yummy dark chocolate. Grace got a soft, orange scarf.
Earl got a rock.
"I know this seems lame," he said as he handed Earl the smooth, brown stone, but it came from Omaha Beach.
He showed us a picture he had taken on the beach with the rock in his hand.
Tucker knows that his dad is a history buff and has always wanted to visit the Normandy beaches where the Allies launched an offensive against German-occupied France in World War II. Omaha Beach is one of those beaches. He also took pictures of the inside of the pillboxes, defensive structures the Germans had built to fight against the invasion. The roofs of the pillboxes were scorched from the fighting.
In an attempt to redeem himself for the rock, Tucker also gave us a bottle of wine. He had pictures from the cave that they toured and where he purchased a 10 Euro bottle of wine. He didn't say if he tasted several in an attempt to find the right wine.
We were a little surprised that he was allowed to bring it in to the U.S. since he's under 21, but we didn't question it.
We enjoyed some wine on the front porch last night and it was delicious.


Sally Tharpe Rowles said...

What nice & thoughtful gifts! I love the idea of the rock! Visiting those beaches is very powerful. I cannot think of a better way to honor his dad's interests.

Sim Carter said...

That's so cool; Tucker's gift is so far in the opposite direction than lame!

Virginia said...

A thoughtful boy. I hope he had a great trip to France.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

It seems your son put thought into what he brought back - not just some airport last minute thought ---sweet.

Ali said...

What a guy! I love the rock, and the photo to go with it. Hope he had a wonderful trip.

Just Me said...

Original, memorable and priceless, just like Tucker.

Now you're throwing me a bone with the image of enjoying a bottle of wine on the porch on an 80 degree afternoon in April.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Great gifts , very thoughtful .. I would of loved a scarf though , .. but I do love chocolate too :-)

Bonnie said...

What an amazing experience for your son! I'd say he picked some thoughtful the french wine on the porch picture!

Reunited in September and Exploring Spain --2018

In August, Earl flew back to the States to help the kids cut through some red tape. He was returning through Paris, and our friends had agre...