My mother, I learned from a text from Kimrae, was being admitted into the hospital for pneumonia. This news was followed by more details which described Mom's health seemingly deteriorating. Not good.
The entire day seemed punctuated by bad news and disappointments. I wondered if things would worsen.
I had to work Saturday night. In the morning I went home and had already planned to go to bed soon after arriving, so I could spend as much time with the family once I got up. Sharon and the kids greeted me warmly with their Fathers Day wishes. It was nice. I didn't sleep very long, but once I got up and Sharon returned from shopping, it was time for them to give me whatever group surprise they had devised for me during the week for this occasion. I didn't know what to expect, but I knew it would be sweet and meaningful. They had me close my eyes and then brought in something covered with a blanket or something on a dinner tv tray.
What they unveiled for me was amazing. Sitting on the small table was a 12-inch stylized statue of Godzilla, marvelous in detail, posed like he was ready to take on any foe. I immediately wondered just how much they scraped together to buy this novelty. I'd seen sculptures of movie icons before and one of this level of talent and detail must surely have cost perhaps $400-500. "They made it," Sharon said proudly. To which I said No way. None of them had ever sculpted anything before. There was no way. "Tyler sculpted it, Tim added the texture and Tamara and Talia painted it."
"Oh my gosh..." I was flabbergasted. Look at the picture and you'll see what I mean. The level of skill, the attention to detail, the dorsal spines alone were to be admired. They explained to me how they did it and even explained how they actually had to remake the sculpture when the first one, a slightly smaller version cracked--they showed me those pieces, and the genius was evident in it as well! I was amazed, simply amazed! I still am. Now we have to figure out how to display it properly, which should be pretty fun to do as well. I knew I had talented kids, but this was a multiple surprise for me. And for someone who is difficult to surprise, I was and am thrilled. I'm gonna keep this Godzilla for a long time, Lord willing. It holds great meaning for me because MY KIDS MADE IT FOR ME!