When I advertised our previous boat I made the mistake of using pictures that showed Brenda's treasured yellow horseshoe. She loved the salty look it gave our Com-Pac 19/2 as it hung off the transom. I didn't realize just how much Brenda loved that goofy horseshoe until she realized it was about to towed away by the new owner. Instead of being sad to see her well loved sailboat towed away, she was sad about her horseshoe going away.
I had built an oversized garage to store our 19 which of course was not "oversized" enough to house our new sailboat. The new owner of our 19 became a friend and sailing buddy, so I offered him free use of the garage for the following winter storage season. The 19 spent the winter safe and dry all winter in her snug garage.
I received a call from George, the new owner, on Monday asking if he and his wife could stop by after work to say hi and show us how to tie a Monkey's Fist. (More on that in a later post.) George knew that Brenda missed her horseshoe and had purchased a brand new white one to match Wrinkles. He took it to a shop that specializes in custom painted artwork and had them paint the Wrinkles logo on the new horseshoe.
Needless to say Brenda is a happy sailor again. Thanks George! That was a truly thoughtful gift.