Celebrated Christmas with my parents today. They knew I was close to finishing up the "semi" restoration on their 81 Scrambler and thought I might be bringing it to their house today. Had to throw them off the trail by telling them it was going to the body shop Saturday for some small rust repair in the front floor boards. Little did they know that I was towing it up to the town they live in and that my wife and daughters where following me in our vehicle.
Dad kept telling mom that I was bringing the jeep with us today. He just knew it. My sister told me that the night before dad had a dream that he was going to get it today.
I unloaded the jeep at my friends work today and left my truck and trailer at his place and drove the jeep over to my parents house. I parked it behind their next door neighbors house so they couldn't see it. Then got in our van and pulled around to their house. Dad looked at mom and said.
"He didn't bring the jeep"
Mom said she has never heard him so disappointed in her life.
So we all opened our presents and saved the last one for mom and dads gift together. It was the empty box that their winch came in. They opened it and mom asked if it was a winch for their jeep. Dad said "It's empty"!
So, I pulled they key out of my pocket and asked them if they would like to see their new winch? Took them a moment for what I just said to register and finally mom said "IS IT HERE"? I said yes it is. "IS THE JEEP HERE TOO"?
I said yes and its out back. She damn near ripped my dad's arm out of his shoulder dragging him off the couch and around back.
Dad was so impressed with the final outcome that he had tears in his eyes. They could not believe this was the same jeep they bought 2 months ago. They both are in their 60's and they acted like they where 16 year old kids getting their first vehicle.
They love it and are planning on doing so many off road activities in it. This was one of the best days of my life, seeing my parents this happy is a true blessing.
Before long my dad is going to become a member of this site. I can't wait to have him as a member and new owner of a great looking Scrambler