My grandson was born in April of last year. He is now fourteen months old and a great source of joy. This story took place last August.
I dropped in at Northeast Equipment in Saint john. It is an industrial plumbing store and I knew I would find what I needed. I entered the shop and approached the service desk. The fellow behind the counter looked up at me and offered his assistance.
I looked at him and said two words, “Buried treasure.” He didn’t say a word, he just started at me with a look of bewilderment.
“I want to bury a treasure.” His expression did not change. I waited a few more seconds.
“My grandson is four months old. I want a piece of 5 inch, PVC pipe approximately 12-14 inches in length. I want caps for both ends so that I can make it watertight. I am going to fill it with neat stuff and when he is eight years old we are going to dig up a treasure.”
His expression changed. He smiled and said, “What a great idea. Come with me.” I followed him to the back of the shop. On the way he grabbed a hacksaw and, pointing to me, said to one of his colleagues, “Do you know what this guy is doing? He is going to bury a treasure for his grandson. When the boy is eight years old they are going treasure hunting.”
Behind the building there was a rack with various diameters of piping. He pulled out a piece of 5” pipe and confirmed the length I wanted. He said, “Do you see the other end of this piece? It is broken. That means I don’t have to charge you for it.”
We went back inside and he selected the caps I would need for either end. I paid for the caps and thanked him for his cooperation. I then proceeded to Toys ‘R Us.
A young clerk approached me and said, “May I help you?”
“Buried treasure.” There was that look of bewilderment again.
“I want to bury a treasure.” He looked like he was about to back away.
I then detailed my quest and he too became excited; in fact, another clerk joined us and the three of us went in search of neat stuff that an eight year old might like. I could go into detail as to what is in the canister but, conceivably, this blog will still be active when my grandson is able to read. So, I will keep it a secret.
Someone said to me, “That’s a great idea – you should patent it.” That’s a nice suggestion but I think pirates through of it first.
Let’s hope in another seven years I can remember when I buried it.
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