My Husband Is One Of Santa’s Elves
Posted by sodaklady on January 5, 2008
It all started with a doll cradle, a design which was improved after our daughter (at the age of 2) sat in hers and broke the bottom out. When Richard retired from the Air Force and started working for a local home center, he decided to build doll cradles for all the people he worked with that had little girls. For the little boys, he found a sturdy design for a dump truck with a handle to lift the bed. (I’m sorry I don’t have a picture of one.) Now every year, he finds new designs and, of course, there’s always a few new cradles to build.
The cradles have a cartoon character on one end and the girl’s name on the other.
The little car which looks to me like a Volkswagen Beetle, was one of the first and still my favorite.
The grasshopper was a step in another direction, an animated pull toy, and he had many people ask for them. A few were modified by request, made wider with holes in the body to hold crayons.
Last year’s model was a steamroller.
For an older girl, he built a small keepsake chest. The curved lid and beautiful dove-tailing made it a lovely piece. Inside is a removable shelf that rests near the top of the box.
This year he built road graders and front-end loaders for the boys. One of the older ladies he works with got one of each for her two grandsons. She came to work the day after Christmas and told Richard what a big hit they were. The toys had not been wrapped but set in front of the packages under the tree so when the children came downstairs on Christmas morning, they were the first thing that caught their eyes. “Santa’s elves came!” I can just imagine a child’s amazement to find wooden toys under the tree—the kind they’d seen Santa’s elves building in many movies and cartoons.
The wonderful thing is that of all the fancy, expensive toys that they received, these two wooden toys were the ones they played with all day. Could there be a bigger compliment than that?