6 and a half years.
During the weeks leading up to our recent road trip to Destin, you had been telling me, “Daddy, I think we’re going to find treasure at the beach. Maybe even some bones. Maybe we can find a saber-toothed tiger skull because they’re the hardest to find in the whole world!”
I kept assuring you that if you looked in the right places, we just might find a buried something.
So during our 2nd morning at the beach last week, while your sister was out with Mommy and Grandma and Aunt Rebecca as they took the 2017 Toyota Prius Three to the outlet stores, you and I went out searching on the shore.
Just about 5 minutes into you playing in the sand as the water kept washing up and flooding your feet, I called you over to me, as I was just about 15 feet behind you.
“Jack, come over here. I think this would be a good spot to dig! The sand looks sort of different where this spot is.”
You rushed over.
After you dug down about 8 inches deep, there it was… a scratched up treasure chest!
With great excitement, you pulled the black metal box out of the sand. Fortunately, there was no lock, so you were able to open it right away.
Amazingly, there was a letter right there on top. We read it together:
July 1, 1733
To the Person Who Finds My Treasure,
If you are reading this, it is too late for me. This means my ship sank on the sea. I was keeping my gold safe in the sand, but now it is all yours. And one more thing, watch out for the dinosaurs and saber-toothed tigers…
Henry the Pirate
But you were more impressed by the gold coins inside the treasure chest. You counted them all: “Daddy, there’s 73 gold coins!”
This immediately inspired you to continue searching, as now you were becoming preoccupied with finding some bones in the sand. Just a few minutes later, a few feet away from where the treasure chest was buried, I started digging.
“Here, why don’t you take a turn now?” I suggested to you..
It couldn’t have been a minute later that you shouted, “Daddy, I found something!”
Without me having to explain anything, you figured it out:
“It’s a saber-toothed tiger’s tooth!”
And that tooth ended up being worth more to you than all that gold.