Last Sunday, Elaine gave me the best Christmas present I have ever received - a fly that she tied herself and that came from a feather from a turkey I called in and killed. I am not ashamed to admit that my eyes became misty when I found her creation in my Christmas stocking.
A little over three years ago, Elaine was diagnosed with breast cancer. As part of her recovery, she attended a Casting for Recovery (www.castingforrecovery.org) retreat in 2010. CFR is a national organization that offers retreats for women with or recovering from breast cancer. Those retreats combine fly fishing, counseling, medical expertise, and breast cancer recovery. It was at a CFR retreat that my wife learned how to fly fish and tie patterns.
The joy of having Elaine healthy again and with me during Christmas is something that is hard to express. The joy of her taking the time to hand tie something for me, especially combining two activities that I enjoy - river smallmouth bass fishing and turkey hunting - is equally inexpressible.
What a wonderful person and wife.