Years ago, I received my first Christmas gift from the young man who was my high school boyfriend. When I was only 13, I developed a mad crush on this boy who was the announcer for all the school football games. You can imagine how thrilled I was to start dating him when I was 16.
On Christmas Eve that year, he dropped by our house and placed two beautiful gift packages under our tree. I could hardly wait to see what was inside. No other gift mattered that year.
But on Christmas morning I hesitated to open my presents.Often anticipation is more important than the event itself. Eventually, I removed the papers with great care, so I could fold and keep them safe for years to come. My gifts were a set of Tigress cologne and bath powder. The bottle and the box both had a velvety animal skin decor.
To this day, I love anything with the look of tiger or leopard skin. I have scarves, a vest, and jackets in my wardrobe all with the look of animal skin.
And I have the boy as well, now grown for many years. On special occasions, I never know what new gift he may bestow, but none will be more unforgettable than that first gift.
Just finished my first blog book tour. It's not too late to go back and comment on my earlier stops. A signed copy of Night Watch is first prize. The schedule is below:
Nov. 11 - Patricia Stoltey
Nov. 12 - Nancy Williams
Nov. 15 - AlexCavanaugh
Nov. 16 - Marian Allen
Nov. 17 - Bodie Parkhurst
Nov. 18 - Thoughts in Progress
Nov. 19 - K. K. Brees