Thursday, December 16, 2010
The Best Gift I Ever Gave
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When I was asked to write about the best gift I ever gave, I'll admit that my mind was blank. I know that the gift I am giving my parents this year is definitely going to top the list, but I couldn't risk my mom reading this and seeing her present. So, I kept thinking and thinking...and thinking. I couldn't think of anything. I'm not the most creative person. I usually just try to find something I think the person will really like. My gifts don't blow people away and I certainly haven't given any expensive gifts...so again, I was thinking. All of the sudden, I saw my daughter, snuggling up with her "doggy"- her favorite thing in the whole world. Her doggy that she can't sleep without. I was reminded of the Christmas when I gave her this simple gift. Bailey was two years old and all she wanted was one of those cheap little umbrella strollers that you push baby dolls in. That was her big "Santa" gift that year. The gift that tops all gifts. The gift that Santa gets all the credit for! Oh, how I long for the days where the big gift cost under $20! The plan was to have the stroller unwrapped on the fireplace next to the stockings so it was the first things she saw when she came down on Christmas morning. I thought it looked a little puny, so I headed out to Tuesday morning, hoping to find a sweet baby doll. Instead I found some really cute stuffed dogs. I got a Boxer for Bailey and a Rottweiler for Jake. They were very soft- almost chenille feeling. I tucked the dog in the stroller and when she came down on Christmas morning, it was love at first sight. Jake could care less about his dog, but Bailey took him everywhere. Today, nine years later, Bailey cannot sleep without her doggy. He now is pretty rough around the edges- we say he has mange and cataracts, but he certainly is loved. Check out the pictures of Doggy on the cruise we went on in September! You know how on cruises, they make animals out of towels? Our guy put Doggy in a new position every day too! So, even though when I first thought about this post, I was thinking along the lines of most expensive...sometimes the cheapest gift can be the most important. Doggy is priceless, both to my sweet girl and to me!
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