It is not often that a fishing lure is found on a wedding table.
But when half of the party is coming from the family of one of the most famous Australian fishing lure designer's, no one should be surprised to see a few lures invited to the marriage banquet.
Not long ago, as I was packing up an office in which I worked for many years, I decided to send back to Rob Gaden two lures that he had graciously lent for an exhibition project I had worked on.
Messages were sent to Mr. Gaden, asking him where I should mail the lures.
His reply was that I could keep one of them for myself, and send him the other one.
That in itself was already a great present, thanks Rob.
But it doesn't stop there.
He told me to call his daughter and to give her the lure in Darwin, instead of sending it interstate.
So I called her...
A few days later, she came to pick up the lure, and had a present for me.
And what a present!
Her dad had asked her if she could give me one of the lures he had done for her wedding guest, the previous year.
This might seem not much to some of you, but to me, it was an absolutely great present.
Taryn had married Phil in July 2012, and her dad had a series of the famous Classic Barra +10 in a special colour, with a special packaging made for the occasion.
Want to see it?
The Wedding Lure.
The writing on the back of the lure says: Taryn & Phil - July 2012.
The back of the packaging says that it is to celebrate their marriage, has some short information about both of the families, and the exact date of the wedding.
I will be honest with you, when Taryn gave me the lure, it was such a surprise that I got some goose bump and the hairs of my arms started to stand straight.
This to me was a very nice present, from a very personal moment in her life.
I now feel really privileged to have one in my collection, and you can be sure that this one will never be taken out of it's packaging.
Thank you Taryn and Rob, this will be a very precious addition to what my partner call my addiction.
I know some of you might say, that a lure is made for fishing and that I should try it, but I will not.
But hey, it could be worse.
Have a good day,