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(Republished with a picture of the peace flags for those who asked. Woo hoo, I finally figured out how to put a picture up. If you look carefully, too, you can see our hanging basket on our personal course in the lower right hand corner out in the snow!)

Once in a while, not very often, we get the Christmas present that completely knocks our socks off, takes our breath away, catches us totally unaware and causes us to stutter, “How…how…how did she know?” I got one of those presents last month.

Terry and I just came home in the evening. He walked out of our room with a package saying it was for us from Sheila Kirkham. We noticed part of the packaging was coming undone and bits of pretty blue cloth were trying to escape. When I opened the package, a tumble of peace flags came undone with the words “Peace” in seven different languages on them with beautiful colors and symbols.

“I can’t believe this!” I cried. And Terry looked confused.

We hosted Sheila K at our home this past June for the Discraft Great Lakes Open tournament. We had a great time getting to know her and her interesting background better. If you know Sheila K at all, you might agree that she’s a little mystical…don’t you think?

I do…because how did she possibly know that these flags were at the top of my wish list? And really my wish list was just for my children to see so they might get some ideas (and I wrote down things I figured they could afford). Our youngest, Abby, told me she knew where to get some flags, but then she told me the price, and I told her I knew she couldn’t afford that much but slippers are much cheaper. But deep down instead I really wanted those flags.

Abby saw the package in the house before we got home, saw the material sticking out of the broken package and hid it in our bedroom. Then she left Terry a VM saying where it was, thinking he ordered it for me. Little did she know that Terry hardly even had a clue that I had a wish list on the fridge.

The peace flags are beautiful, are hanging already from one of our windows for all the world to see, and I am still smiling. Thank you, Sheila K, for this very kind and unexpected gift. You really touched my heart and soul.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with some unexpected surprises too. Most of all, I wish everyone Peace.

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Comment by Sheila Calhoun on January 29, 2009 at 11:21am
Don, no need to feel like you're snooping with DGRUS. That's what a "social network" is all about. Glad you got to meet our son; it's nice having him home again though. Perhaps one day Terry and I will meet you as well.
Comment by _dm4 on January 29, 2009 at 10:37am
Sometimes I feel like I am snooping around into peoples lives on here. On my own defense, I have met Ben when he came through my town last year on is "1000 course" journey and I have heard of Terry, but never met him. You sent me a message telling me that I won a prize in one of the jumbo toss' late last year. So I went to your page. I am just writing this to say I really like the flags as well, and your story about how you got them! I think it is wonderful that you host people for tourneys! I have done the same before and it is usually a good experience! So, now I am in the market for some peace flags!!!
Comment by Jack Davis on January 15, 2009 at 10:31am
Comment by Yeddie VanHalen on January 14, 2009 at 9:19am
OK, yes now we have to see it. Don't keep it all to yourself %^)
Comment by eric beich on January 13, 2009 at 8:22pm

thats cool. WTG Sheila K :)

show some pics Sheila C !!
Comment by Terry "the Pirate" Calhoun on January 13, 2009 at 4:40pm
Not true, your wish list on the fridge weighed heavily on me. I just hadn't paid much attention to it yet. ;-)

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