Memory is a gift, and the gifts bring memories.

Lauren and Maggie co-host the Throwback Thursday /I Remember When and today is Lauren’s turn.
She says

When Maggie and I were talking about my topic this week, we both realized there were a multitude of ways to go with the prompt. Personally, I have been given some silly gifts, some inappropriate gifts, some wonderful gifts, and of course sentimental gifts. If I add in all the presents I have given, the list of options to write about gets even longer.

What about you? What memories do you hold in relation to gifts? Was there some gift so wonderful that you will never forget it? Do you still remember a gift from a beau? Do you put such great thought into the gifts you give, that you hold those memories close to your heart? What about silly gifts you’ve been given or gifted?

Today I ask you to reach back into your memory bank and tell us about a gift you received or gave.I guess I could write a book about gifts received over the years and the memories they hold.
I have a shire horse given to me by one of the lads in my care years ago. He saved his pocket money and bought it for me, embarrassed that he couldn’t afford the cart to go with it.  You can just make it out on the bottom shelf by the piano. I shall treasure it always.
I have other gifts that are equally special for different reasons, one being this drawer freshener cushion given to me by my Mum.
It lost its fragrance many years ago, but is so precious to me. It reads:

Special Daughter

A daughter is a blessing
A treasure for all time
Your laughter, warmth and loving
Make me proud that you are mine.
With every year that passes
You’re more special than before
Through every stage and every age
I love you even more.

There was one gift I was given that I was not gracious to receive though. It was a CD that I had specifically said would be a waste of money as I had all the tracks on different albums already. Ex Partner gave our foster girl some money and told her to buy me a CD for Christmas. She bought that one, and I was hurt beyond measure, especially as that was the year I’d forked out over a week’s wages to buy HIM a solid gold neck chain as he’d said he didn’t want a St Christopher or cross  (I could have purchased either for less than half the price). What made it worse was that I never saw him open it and had to ask if he liked it, to which the reply was
‘It’s OK I guess. You can buy me the Cross to go on it for my birthday’.
I was gutted, and no, he didn’t get it.

Silliest present I gave was a set of rubber ducks to my sister one Christmas, and I got the kiddies post office kit. The idea was that for those of us who had kids, gifts for the adults were to cost no more than a pound. It was great fun to find something to suit someone in particular. Hubby and I still have our ten pound dash at Christmas, and that is always a laugh. There are a lot of little things in our knickknack  shelves that only cost a few pence, maybe a pound, but to us are priceless.
As is this little chap, a cloth bear won for me at the fair by Hubby when we first met.
Great memories.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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20 Responses to Memory is a gift, and the gifts bring memories.

  1. Great memories. Imagine if there was hindsight and you could’ve bought the ex some costume piece from a second hand store!

  2. Carol anne says:

    awe, fabulous gifts and wonderful memories Di! Xx

  3. Maggie says:

    What lovely mementos, Di. I have so many insignificant in value but priceless gifts I could go on forever. I have those bad ex-gift memories, too. Gift giving and receiving should be a joy, but often people miss the mark. I enjoyed reading this very much.

  4. Great memories Di. Thanks for joining in. I whole heartedly agree that the cost of the gift is secondary. The thought and desire to bring someone joy is what matters.

  5. Sadje says:

    What a lovely gift from your mom.

  6. murisopsis says:

    Sometimes the cost of the gift has no bearing on the value….

    • Indeed not. As a child, I remember buying my Mum a pair of silver shoes at a jumble sale for sixpence. She wore them every time there was a chance that she and Dad might be dancing as they were so comfortable! Happy days.

  7. willowdot21 says:

    Such beautiful keepsakes all of them, especially the Shire Horse and the cushions 💜💜💜💜

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