Shelton-Mason County Journal - Dedicated to the citizens of Mason County, Washington since 1886

The most memorable gift ever, ever - so far


December 23, 2021

This is a story about a gift my father gave me when I was about 5 years old. This story is as true as any memory summoned from a long-past Christmas.

I’m child No. 4 in a four-child family, and when we were wee our family was the type that put Christmas presents under a Christmas tree. We lived in northwest Spokane in a house atop a steep hill where the distant field lights of Joe Albi Stadium could be seen from our living room window. When the stadium lights illuminated the night, the scene was mesmerizing, a word I didn’t know at the time.

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