“Please come inside, James,” welcomed Dave with a smile.
“I got the message from my mother that you wanted to see me,” said James. “You could have just called me on my cell phone.”
“I lost your number,” he said. “So I left a note with your mother as I took my daily walk.”
The relationship between James and Ave has been going on for close to ten years. Even though they were fifty years apart in age, they became fast friends. Started by James coming over to ask if he could know Dave’s yard for ten dollars.
“What is this money to for?” Dave asked.
“One day I plan to go to college,” replied James. “I would like to buy a car to get to college.”
That brought a chuckle to Dave. “You will need to know quite a few yards.”
James just nodded.
After he mowed the yard, Dave gave him a fifty-dollar bill, and they conversed for a while. Both had the love for history, so there was plenty of chatter.
“What did you want to see me about?” asked James as he walked into Dave’s house.
“I would like to show you something,” replied Dave, leading Hames to a room where the door was closed all the times in the past. This time it was wide open.
When James entered the room, he saw it wasn’t a large room. One small window that looked out into his backyard. In front of the window is a desk. A single desk chair in front of the desk. On the desk is a model of a sailing ship that looked like it wasn’t quite finished yet. To the left of the desk were many shelves on the wall. On the shelves were models of all types. He saw planes, jets, tanks, boats, buildings, and a couple of models he couldn’t make out what they were. The makes were of all ages. From the twentieth century to hundreds of years ago. James stood there in a daze, impressed with the work.
“Welcome to my hobby room,” said Dave with excitement.
“I don’t think I have seen so many models in one room of this size,” said an astonished James.
“This is my hobby room. The room I enjoy the most in this entire house. There have been times I have fallen asleep in that chair. Of course, I paid for it when I woke up in the morning.”
“You have some cool models here,” said James as he looked at each model displayed on the shelves. I particularly like the ones from the Star Wars universe.”
“I enjoyed Star Wars until Disney took over,” Dave said. “Never the same.”
“They still have some good ones.”
“Sure,” said Dave as he walked over to a pirate ship. “This is my pride and joy. One that I did probably around the time you were born.”
“I’m quite impressed with your work.”
“Thank you. And there’s a reason I brought you to this room.”
James immediately wondered what the reason could be. Was he about to give him one or more of these models? He wasn’t sure if he wanted any of these models. No place to put them in his room. If he did, his rambunctious cat, Silver, will end up taking them out.
“I want to show you how to make these models,” said Dave.
James stood there, not sure what to say. He knew what he wanted to say, but didn’t want to disappoint Dave. James enjoyed spending time with Dave since he spent very little time with his grandpa, and not much more with his father.
“You want me to build models?” he asked, knowing it was a silly question since Dave already said so, but had to hear it again.
“I would love to teach you.”
“I’m not sure what to say. The last time I tried to build a model I destroyed it.”
“How long ago was that?” asked Dave.
“I don’t think I was even ten yet.”
“That explains the reason for failure. Success seldom met by ones at that age. You need plenty of patience on building a model. Little ones know little about patience.”
“Patience and learning how to glue tiny pieces together.”
“Yes indeed,” chuckled Dave. “It takes a trained eye and steady hands to make models.”
“Why do you want to show me how to make models?” he asked. He didn’t have the heart to tell him that there was no interest in doing such a thing.
“Like I said. You need a trained eye and steady hands. Two things I’m realizing I’m losing as the years quickly tick by.”
“I’m not sure about this,” said James.
“Don’t count yourself out. I see how you cut the lawn, and other tasks I’ve thrown your way. You think things through, setting up a plan, and get it done. That is how you get a model done. Yes, there are instructions, but many times I bypass the instructions and as you can see on the shelves. There are the results.”
“I’ll be honest and tell you I don’t have any interest in building models,” said James, hoping he wouldn’t upset Dave too much. “I’m sorry.”
Dave said nothing at first, looking at James for a moment then at the model on the desk then back to James.
“Please give it some thought?” asked Dave. “I know you can do it. I will show you can do it.”
James looked at the many models again, then to Dave.
“Let me think about it,” said James.
“That is all I can ask,” said Dave. “I will say I know you will come to enjoy it, and there is a reward at the end. And I’m not talking about just completing your creation.”
“Let me think about it,” James told him.
Anything to say to get out of Dave’s home for the time being. He didn’t have any interest in making models. Even though he was much older than when he last tried to make a model, he didn’t think he had the patience to try again.
“Maybe when I’m Dave’s age,” he thought.
Dave just nodded his head as they left the room.
“You think about it, James,” said Dave, patting him on the shoulder. “I just hope you will come to believe me you will come to enjoy it.”
James left and went back home. He plopped himself on his bed. Was Dave going to bother him every time he came over to build a model? He loved coming over, but will have to reconsider if Dave hounded him all the time.
“That will suck,” he muttered.
Maybe he should try it, fail, and show Dave he was not the one to take on his hobby.
“Time to take on the hobby I like,” said James, and grabbed a book to read.
He couldn’t get into what he was reading since all he could do is picturing myself trying to make a model. Trying to make a model and failing every time. After ten minutes, he quit the read since he wasn’t keeping anything. The rest of the day was doing what he could to keep his mind off thinking about Dave’s offer.
“It’s like being offered a job,” he thought.
For the next couple of days he stayed away from Dave’s place as he continued to ponder upon this model making.
“Just try to do it one time,” his father told him after James told him of Dave’s offer. “Once he sees you are not into it, he will find someone else.”
“This is crazy,” James said as another day started and he thought of the dreaded model making. “Just do it.”
James went over to Dave’s house and rang the doorbell.
“Hello James,” welcomed Dave after he opened the door. “How is it going?”
“I came over to tell you I will try to build a model.”
“Oh, James. You don’t need to if you don’t want to. I think I was pushy and I’m sorry. It’s a grand passion for me, so I think others should enjoy it too. Everyone has their own hobbies they enjoy.”
“I want to give this one a try again. Neither one of us will know my smiles until I try. Did you want to work on one today?”
Dave gave him a big smile. “Let’s do it.”
They went into the hobby room and saw there was another chair next to the one James saw earlier in the week. He turned to Dave with a smirk.
“I’m assuming you knew I would cave in and try it?” asked James.
Dave just grinned.
“Let’s try it,” said James, and went over and sat down.
“I even picked an easy one to put together,” remarked Dave.
Dave sat down beside James and started giving him instructions. We put together one by one the pieces as time quickly slipped by. Dave at one moment went and grabbed a snack and a drink. Soon they were done and the both of them sat back in their chair to look at their creation.
“Not that hard, was it?” asked Dave.
“Not that bad.”
“I’m hoping we can do some more.”
“Sounds like a plea.”
“I would like you to come over around one o’clock tomorrow. You can see the reward for each excellent work.”
“I can do it.”
“Good. You better head home before your parents hunt you down.”
James went home wondering what the reward could be.
The next day James went over to Dave’s with anticipation.
“I can’t wait to see what the reward is.”
Soon he was at Dave’s house, welcomed in, and taken to the hobby room.
“You got here just in time. In a few minutes you will see the reward.”
“I can’t wait.”
A couple of minutes later, the doorbell rang.
“Grab the plane you made and let’s go to the front door.”
James did so and followed Dave to the front door. When Dave opened the door, James saw a little boy standing there with his mother behind him.
“We have your gift,” said Dave, and turned to James. “Would you like to give the model to Rory here?”
James went to Rory and gave him the model.
“Thanks so much,” said an excited Rory. “This is so cool.”
“Thanks to both of you,” the mother said.
“You are welcome,” said Dave.
“No problem,” said James.
The mom and son left and Dave closed the door.
“I have loved this hobby since I was ten years old. I love it even more when I can make a child smile.”
“This event has made me want to make more models.”
“Addicting, it is.”