While I enjoy the custom of giving and receiving gifts this season, I think it’s safe to say that I sometimes run out of ideas on what to get people. It’s then that I am reminded of the best present I’ve ever gotten from my best friend Jen: Snoopy the stuffed dog.
Our last year of high school I knew that Jen and I would be going to different schools, simply because we didn’t apply to any of the same schools at all. As the year got closer to ending, I got sadder - I had the most awful feeling that we could potentially drift apart like most people do after they go off to different universities. While I savored each moment I had with her and all of my other friends, I couldn’t stop thinking to myself, this may be the last time I’ll be doing this with her. It was quite depressing.
On Christmas, Jen and I promised to exchange our gifts. I don’t remember what I got her that year but she presented me with Snoopy, saying that it was an “old-new gift.” I must have given her a quizzical look because she went right on to explain that Snoopy was the very first item that she had ever purchased with her own money (earned through doing chores and her allowance). To say that I was touched would be the biggest understatement ever. I gave her a big hug and Snoopy's been with me ever since.
Like Snoopy had gotten Jen through some ups and downs in her life, he's gotten me through a lot too. I took him with me to college and my studies abroad to both England and Spain. He got me through my first relationship and my first breakup. He was there when I started my first real job, and my second... and my third (I worked on political campaigns - I'm not constantly getting fired, I promise haha).
I mention Snoopy now because as I go out to buy presents for people this year, I remember how the best present I've ever received didn't cost much but was worth a lot! I try to keep in mind that it's not about how much you spend but the meaning behind the gifts. I hope you all keep that in mind too. I know it sounds really cheesy but it really is the thought that counts.
Thanks for reading!