Time Pieces, Etc.

Do you remember a while back, a couple of Decembers ago my post titled about Just Because? Just Because gifts can be so valuable. Priceless sometimes.

My brother and his family, who live in New Jersey, came over two weeks ago to spend time with us, since we hadn't seen them since their trip overseas, and since they will not be able to make it out here this Labor Day. 

My brother... older brother... only brother has developed an affinity for watches...to state it mildly. But, hey, I always think, it could be worse...use your imagination. COULD. BE. WORSE. I think he takes after my dad. So naturally, when those two get together, their conversations sound like this, "I'll show you mine, if you show me yours";  and "I'll trade you this, if you keep this"; and "You got this for that? I got mine for this!" You get the point.

But during my brother's trip home, I found myself part of this elite duo. During our cookout, my brother was sporting this watch below. And I casually mentioned how cool it looks and how it looked familiar. And how I wanted to purchase this Daniel Wellington piece.  Wow! I can not even begin to describe to you the look he gave me as he said, "Don't spend any money on S#*! like that!" I found myself defending DW like I was heir to the all their time pieces. And so, when I couldn't defend any longer, past how much I liked "the look," he said, "Here. Take this. You like this, right? Well, it's much better than that piece you want." Or something to that effect. 

And in my mind, this is what was happening: 

What!? You just want to give me your watch OUT. OF. THE. BLUE? Another Just Because in action or what? What do I owe you? Wait, can I get another piece since you're in a generous mood? How about that other piece you were sporting 10 minutes ago? Wait, can I change this strap for that one? How much is this thing anyway? What's wrong with it? How old is this thing? Why do you want to give it to me? Should I be holding out for something better? 

And right then he said, "I've had this watch since 1990 (something) {he remembers the year, but I forgot}. It's been to a lot of places. It has some scratches. Happy birthday."

Wait. This is my birthday gift? My 4.0. birthday gift? A used watch from the 90's? 

Wow! It's perfect! I will remember my 40th as the birthday when my brother shared time with me.
Watch: Swiss Army, Wenger. Find similar here. 

You can tell where the scratches are. The stories this piece could share.

This isn't a Just Because gift. This is a gift with A LOT of sentimental value. A gift from my brother...my older brother...my only brother. My brother I love.



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