Our first trip with Julie "out West" happened when she was 11 (and Katie was 9). We told the kids all about things we'd be seeing during our journey, including jackalopes, which she didn't "buy" at all. All through Illinois and Iowa we insisted on the reality of jackalopes. Katie was convinced, but Julie being confident and smart, and much more worldly at the ripe old age of 11, claimed we were full of..."beans" or something. We held our ground, though, and she held hers even more tightly. The more we insisted, the more adamant she became and the greater her dislike of jackalopes and all things jackalope-like. Finally, we arrived at a coffee shop which had the actual critter mounted on the wall. She became very angry about the breadth of such a deception, and loudly proclaimed her disbelief! The more jackalopes we found along the way, the more agitated she became. Throughout our trip, she remained unconvinced, but we never admitted to anything. Finally, she just put her foot down and refused to discuss it any further! (She felt the same way about Santa Claus as a baby, too....uncanny, huh)
So last year I found this embroidery motif at Urban Threads. PERFECT! (I did the happy jackalope dance and let out a little whoop) So, of course, I had to make Julie something featuring this design....it would have been a sin do let it pass! I chose to put it on a bib apron, and added the wording "Julie, Believe...". It was so much fun. I wonder if she let out a small howl when she opened up the gift.
Jackalopes, the gift that keeps giving ;)