In this time of year of gift giving, there will be that one moment, that one gift that is worth all this crazy holiday drama of shopping, spending, traffic and wrappings.
There is this little girl who is a niece of a good friend of mine that has fallen this past year with the most difficult of circumstances. Her parents just entered into a nasty divorce, her sister is going through her rebellious years and she is also mentally handicapped which further confuses her between the chaos of jumping from home to home of her now split up (and often bitter) parents. Often times when I visit, she would keep on tugging my shirt and follow me around the house. One day I noticed how she literally lit up after watching Yo Gabba Gabba. Singing to the songs and actively participating with the exercises. Ever since that day I made a promise to myself that I will get her a Yo Gabba Gabba doll (the Sock Monkey) for her to cuddle and love.
I also decided that she needed to dress up more her age. Though she has a mental age 6 or 8, she is a young blooming pre teen 11 turning 12. Unlike her sister (who is her twin but was born without a disability), this young lady has a stunted growth and was often dressed up as if she was 4 or 5. I bought her a cute casual top from Old Navy 1 size big that she can grow in and an elegant blouse that she can mix and match with jeans, leggings or even a Sunday best skirt. The surprise were stashed in one of my unused USPS box which I wrapped. Rather than a gift bag, I wanted her to experience that excitement of opening up a boxed gift, under the carefully tinseled Christmas Tree of her Grandma. I am looking forward to her squeals of happiness if any when she see’s the shiny box I prepared for her. After a tough year, I wanted it for her to end with a wonderful memory filled with family and friends that thinks the world of her. Happy Holidays Everyone.