I know a Harbour Master who is finally going into retirement and his amazing wife decided to commemorate his life in a commissioned Find-A-Thing illustration. We spent a bunch of emails back n forth to get all the images and pieces for this design together.
The ship in the image was the one he served on in the RFA, then there are childhood cars, guns, toys, and moving into his adult life, hobbies, interests, inside jokes, and all sorts of personal themes.
He had no idea about any of this and when he surprised the gathering at his surprise retirement dinner his wife surprised him with this gift.
He had a blast showing off all the little nuggets to everyone and sharing stories in depth.
His wife “ David was so surprised by his retirement gift and very touched. He had a ball finding all the things and explaining them to everyone, so his retirement dinner turned into a full on 'This is Your Life' with lots of stories and laughter, which was just perfect...”
When the dust settled and David said this about it “It's a great piece of work, I am
Really pleased with it and nostalgic for so many of the references. Thanks a lot. I feel a bit stupid because she was asking me so many questions about my past - first bike, Winchester, cars etc. the whole thing on the Fort Grange was inspirational.”