Sheldon Mosher of Corner Brook had no idea when his son, Andrew, asked him for a loan of $5 what the 15-year-old wanted the money for. Andrew and Mosher’s 13-year-old daughter Jenna had just completed the Firearm Safety/Hunter Education Course Dec. 9-10 when Andrew sent a text to his dad asking him to bring the money when he picked them up at the end of the day.
When Andrew came out to the vehicle to get the money, Mosher asked his son what he wanted it for.
Andrew said “never mind, Dad” and went back inside the building with the money.
Mosher said his children were excited, at the time, as they had both passed the course.
They went home elated with their feat, he said, and talk of the five dollars was put on the back burner. Until Andrew mentioned to his father that if he got a call on Friday (Dec. 16) to let him know.
Mosher had no idea what he meant. And Andrew wouldn’t say anything more.
“Andrew’s a real prankster so I never thought anything more of it,” Mosher said.
Mosher still didn’t think anything was up when his cellphone rang around noon on Friday.
“We went to St. John’s because Andrew had a doctor’s appointment. So when the phone rang, I didn’t know the number. Then, the woman said, ‘This is Kelli (Barnes) from Barnes (Sporting Goods in Corner Brook).’ She told me I’d won the Christmas draw.”
Mosher told Barnes that he hadn’t bought any tickets. Then it dawned on him what Andrew had wanted the money may have wanted the money.
“I asked her to repeat what she said and I told her I was going to put her on speaker. I said, ‘Andrew, is this the phone call I was supposed to get?’”
Mosher was ecstatic, not only for himself, but for his children, to win the Upper Humber Rod and Gun Association (Deer Lake) Christmas draw that included a semi-automatic 12-guage shotgun, a floating waterproof camouflage carrying case, a trigger lock, a pair of waterproof Bushnell binoculars and a $60 gift certificate from Barnes.
“To see the grin on Andrew’s face after him being so secretive about it. It was like he knew I was going to win,” a still excited Mosher said.
For Mosher, the time he spends with his children, is precious, especially time outside.
“I grew up on the woods, fishing, and hunting, and trapping. When we go moose hunting we try to do it as a family. If we get a moose, the kids are right involved in it; they just want to help. They love to be outdoors.”
It’s not only the prize, Mosher said, but the memory of how it was won that he will treasure.
“This adds another gun to our family and it adds to the hunting experiences we are going to have,” he said.
Mosher joked that Andrew has yet to pay back the loan. But that doesn’t matter, he said. What matters is the kindness his son showed in buying a ticket on a prize that he knew his father would really love to win.
And such kindness in giving is really what Christmas is all about.
“It’s the small things in life that count,” Mosher said.