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The Best Gift I Ever Gave

The best gift I ever gave was the perfect gift. A perfect Old Fashioned was just part of the celebration.

Are you searching for the perfect gift?

If you want to laugh and cry and celebrate life, I’ve got an idea.

For my husband’s birthday I asked childhood friends, college roommate, colleagues, and family to send him a card.

Specifically, I said that I wanted to present him with cards from his favorite people with a memory, a line about how he impacted your life, what you see as his gifts, or whatever rings true for you.

OMGosh.

The response to the request was great

People said:

  • I’m going to steal this idea for my wife’s birthday.
  • Neat idea.
  • Thanks for asking!
  • I would be honored to do this.
  • Thank you for thinking of me.

And that was just the ask.

On the birthday

I told him about the card project and presented the cards on a tray. We sat in the living room and sipped an old fashioned. (Ken makes the best old fashioneds! He learned from my dad.) Then one-by-one he picked up a card. He read the return address and said something like, oh, this is from Ashley (our niece) or “this is from Craig (colleague), I sure like him. How nice of him to take the time to do this!” Then he slit open the envelope and read the card aloud.

We heard:

  • funny stories about his hair in high school. A blond afro.
  • memories about how he impacted someone’s life.
  • about his work ethic, sense of humor, and analytical mind.
  • a poem about him.
  • his skills as a lawyer, mixologist, beekeeper, musician, and tractor driver.
  • a mind map poster board.
  • and saw cards with photographs and drawings, including one of the Corvair he drove in high school with photos of his high school buddies in their respective seats.

We were amazed at the response, the thoughtfulness, the creativity and the love. Honestly, I cried and laughed for more than 2 hours.

In my book Your 6-Week Guide to LiveBest, I write about how we feed our soul. Connection to others is soul food. This card project fed everyone’s soul!

 

Without knowing it beforehand, this was the best gift I ever gave. The recipient agrees.

XOXO

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Ken’s Old Fashioned

Ken prefers Wyoming Whiskey for this drink. My favorite bourbons are Knob Creek, Bulleit Rye and Maker’s Mark. Ken says he won’t turn down any of the above 😉

  • Author: Judy

Ingredients

  • 1 sugar cube or 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 5 dashes bitters
  • 1/2 teaspoon cherry juice
  • 1 slice of orange
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 – 1.5 ounces of water
  • 1 maraschino cherry

Instructions

In a short high ball glass, place sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cherry juice from jar, a splash of water and orange wedge. Muddle (smash) these to dissolve sugar and release juices. Pour in bourbon and add bitters. Stir. Add ice cubes to fill the glass. Add remaining water to top off the glass. Garnish with cherry.

Notes

I like to finish my drink with a splash of club soda, ratter than water, over the bourbon.

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Comments

  1. What a great gift idea!! Love Old Fashioned’s too – since you introduced them to me, I change up my Manhattans (or Martini’s 🙂 with an Old Fashioned and think of you guys!
    Happy Birthday to Ken!

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