Gifts That Last A Lifetime

Cara/Andrea here,

KindleWe're coming to the end of our 12 Days of Christmas musings, and as we all pack up the decorations and resolve to lose the weight we’ve gained from all the scrumptious holiday goodies, I thought I’d share a few thoughts on some of the gifts—both past and present—that will last far longer than a a few weeks.

I finally moved into the 21st century of book technology—one of my presents this season was a Kindle. Now, I had held off getting one for the longest time, as I love the tactile feel of ink and paper. I still do, but for travel I think it’s going to be very cool. I’ve already AD--2-yr-old-cowboy-2-downloaded a lot of classics from Amazon that I’ve been meaning to read over the years, and now I have them at my fingertips! I have to go into NYC on the train tomorrow, and instead of lugging one or two heavy books in my purse, I can now slip the featherlight e-reader into it and have lots of space left over. So change is good! (And hey, anything that encourages people to read is a winner in my book.)

So, I’m very thankful that I got a gift that enriches my life. But it also got me to thinking about what was my favorite gift of all time. Hmmm. A hard question, but the more I mulled it over, the more I came to the conclusion that it was the cowboy outfit I got when I was 4 years old.

AD-horses-book-croppedNow, you are probably asking why. Well, it’s because it started me making up stories and taught me the magic of make-believe. I would dress up in that outfit and be lost for hours in my own little world . . . it even inspired me to write my first book—a story on horses in the Wild West.

That gift has lasted a lifetime, and made me appreciate the power of the imagination. No high tech gizmos, no flashy touch screens or streaming video . . . just a few pieces of cotton and a pair of leather boots got my mind off and running.

What about you? Do you have a memorable holiday gift from the past? Or did you get a gift this season that made your heart sing?