A Very Special Christmas Gift

@BelleStarr (39606)
United States
December 29, 2017 7:51pm CST
Alex is our second oldest grandson, he is 24. He is in a tool and dye apprenticeship. He has made some lovely metal things in the past. For Christmas, he made us a set of aluminum dominoes. They are substantial in weight and just beautifully done. I was blown away, they are some of the most beautiful dominoes I have ever seen. We just love them, we are so impressed with not only the quality but also with the fact that he knew us well enough to know that we would love and cherish them. We are just so proud of how far he has come. As a teen, he suffered from bipolar disease and it was touch and go for a few years. He has grown into a wonderfully kind and thoughtful young man.
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@JudyEv (129684)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Dec
That is incredible. A real family heirloom to firstly keep forever then pass on down the generations.
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@BelleStarr (39606)
• United States
30 Dec
Next year he says he is going to make us the second half so we have 12 over 12s. I will cherish them forever. One of our sons made us a cribbage board when he was in high school and we cherished that until we lost it in the fire.
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@JudyEv (129684)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Dec
@BelleStarr Some gifts really come from the heart don't they? They are very special. What a shame you lost the cribbage board.
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@BelleStarr (39606)
• United States
30 Dec
@JudyEv We lost almost everything in that fire but we still have each other and that was our consolation.
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@andriaperry (56047)
• United States
30 Dec
What an awesome talent he has! Those are very nice. I am sure anyone, me included, would love those as a gift.
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@BelleStarr (39606)
• United States
30 Dec
He is very artistic and enjoys the fine detail of making things like this. I absolutely adore them.
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@Ganma7 (2828)
31 Dec
@BelleStarr I do too
@sallypup (27922)
• Moses Lake, Washington
30 Dec
That's the true spirit of Christmas showing when a person takes the time to make something for someone. Congrats on such a fine grandson.
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@BelleStarr (39606)
• United States
30 Dec
Thank you, he is a keeper. He has been so good to my husband and me, he is always here when we need him.
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@Ganma7 (2828)
31 Dec
@BelleStarr Good genes
@DianneN (81945)
• United States
30 Dec
Those are amazing and he is amazing! You must truly be so proud of him in so many ways. Will you use them on New Year's Eve?
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@BelleStarr (39606)
• United States
30 Dec
I am not sure, my friend is sick and may not be well enough to play. I want to show them to her but we usually use the 12 over 12s, these will be good for Al and I to play each other in Florida. I am so proud, we were not sure he was going to survive those years when his illness all but paralyzed him.
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@DianneN (81945)
• United States
30 Dec
@BelleStarr Sorry about your friend. I hope she feels better by New Year's Eve. You should be so proud. Bipolar is a very debilitating disease, and must have been traumatic for you all. Is he controlling it with meds?
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@Ganma7 (2828)
31 Dec
@BelleStarr thank god
@just4him (123636)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
30 Dec
That's an awesome gift! I'm glad he's doing so well. Bipolar isn't easy to live with. My older son has it.
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@BelleStarr (39606)
• United States
30 Dec
It was touch and go for a while but now he seems to be able to manage his emotions. His half sister also has it as does his father. How is your son managing?
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@LadyDuck (169988)
• Switzerland
30 Dec
Those domino pieces are beautiful, are they pretty big? Congratulations to Alex.
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@BelleStarr (39606)
• United States
31 Dec
They are just the size of normal dominos, maybe a hair thicker.
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@LadyDuck (169988)
• Switzerland
31 Dec
@BelleStarr They are beautiful.
@Courtlynn (58509)
• United States
30 Dec
Aw that's a cool gift!
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@BelleStarr (39606)
• United States
31 Dec
Thank you, I really do love them.
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@Courtlynn (58509)
• United States
31 Dec
@BelleStarr i would too. Super cool gift.
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@Tampa_girl7 (25851)
• United States
30 Dec
What cool dominos. I want some
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@BelleStarr (39606)
• United States
31 Dec
lol When he goes into business I will let you know lol
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@Tampa_girl7 (25851)
• United States
31 Dec
@sw8sincere (5015)
• Philippines
30 Dec
I am happy for Alex most especially for what he has achieved ).
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@BelleStarr (39606)
• United States
30 Dec
He has had to go though a lot but he has gone out the other side a wonderful stronger person.
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• Ponce De Leon, Florida
30 Dec
They are stunning. That's amazing.
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@BelleStarr (39606)
• United States
30 Dec
Thank you, yes I am very impressed with him. I think someday he and his brother Brandon will go into business making things like this to sell.
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@Ganma7 (2828)
31 Dec
Incredible talent and beautiful gift to treasure made with love
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@BelleStarr (39606)
• United States
2 Jan
It was and I have it with us on the trip to Florida.
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@Ganma7 (2828)
3 Jan
@BelleStarr I did not realize you were leaving so soon. Safe travels
@sueznewz2 (10121)
• Alicante, Spain
30 Dec
what a lovely thoughtful gift.... it says a lot about his charector when he takes so much thought and time over the gift... you must be very proud...
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@BelleStarr (39606)
• United States
31 Dec
I am very proud anad he really loves his job and he has a verey creative side.
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@sueznewz2 (10121)
• Alicante, Spain
31 Dec
@BelleStarr He's very talented too...
@peachpurple (12762)
• Malaysia
30 Dec
He is a taleNted young man
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@BelleStarr (39606)
• United States
31 Dec
Thank you, yes he is.
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@peachpurple (12762)
• Malaysia
1 Jan
@BelleStarr yup he is indeed
@allen0187 (33886)
• Philippines
30 Dec
That is indeed a very lovely gift!
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@BelleStarr (39606)
• United States
30 Dec
Thank you I was very happy to receive them as a gift.
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@allen0187 (33886)
• Philippines
30 Dec
@marlina (76485)
• Canada
30 Dec
That is a wonderful and thoughtful gift!
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@BelleStarr (39606)
• United States
31 Dec
Thank you I am so excited that he made the for me.
@shaggin (37310)
• United States
30 Dec
I have bipolar as well and it is always a struggle. Hearing how wonderful he is doing is wonderful news. These dominoes are so pretty. I have never seen any like that before. They are so neat!
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@BelleStarr (39606)
• United States
31 Dec
I don't think you will ever find anything like them anywhere he used his own design.
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@toniganzon (53177)
• Philippines
30 Dec
That's so sweet of him and you have every right to be proud of him.
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@BelleStarr (39606)
• United States
31 Dec
Thank you, I certainly am proud.
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@Juliaacv (32281)
• Canada
30 Dec
I remember you saying how much you enjoy dominos. They look like a wonderful set, so very thoughtful those grandsons of yours are.
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@BelleStarr (39606)
• United States
31 Dec
Yes we are blessed in all of our grandsons.
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@hereandthere (32431)
• Philippines
30 Dec
i like dominoes. i remember teaching my nieces. it's easy to play and easy to pack (the small inexpensive plastic ones with a case). it's beautifully made, one you would proudly show everyone, and thank you for sharing his remarkable story (which i read in the comments).
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@BelleStarr (39606)
• United States
31 Dec
Thank you for reading and for commenting. Yes it is a remarkable story.
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