Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Presents!!!

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What, if any, memorable or special book have you ever gotten as a present? Birthday or otherwise. What made it so notable? The person who gave it? The book itself? The “gift aura?”


When I lived in Spain, my grandma would send us tons of presents every year for christmas. I think because she thought we felt bad about living so far away from "the goods", as Spain was not so into consumerisim (back then).
Of all the expensive stuff we got, I had a favourite, one year my grandpa (not my grandma) made a special trip out to the store to find a book for me. My mom had mentioned that I was really into reading. He picked out Call of the Wild/ White Fang combo book, and wrapped it himself. I loved getting it, and reading it and that he had picked it for me. My grandma loved to shop, so she always bought everything for us, I was so pleased he got to choose something for me that he thought I would like. I loved it, still do.




26 comments:

Literary Feline said...

That is precious! It's incidents like that which really carry the most meaning.

The Social Frog said...

What a great memory that is :)

Veens said...

Nice ... Memories such are what makes us to live and look forward and more so lovingly!

I really like that u shared this with me !

I seriously hope - someone will buy me a gift so memorable :-)

Smilingsal said...

When a grandfather cares enough to purchase and wrap a gift, it IS special, and in addition, your grandfather choose a goodie!
Happy Booking Through Thursday. I'm hosting a book giveaway. Check out my sidebar.

The Social Frog said...

Thanks for visiting my blog, yes...hubby did know and I did not realize he remembered, I told him a long while ago :)

Jennifer said...

That's a lovely story =)

Beth F said...

What a terrific grandpa!

Tami said...

Being a new grandmother and reading this makes me smile!

Chris said...

That's so sweet! My answer involves Christmas and Grandmas too ;)

Yvonne said...

What a beautiful memory!

bermudaonion said...

What a wonderful story. Your grandparents sound great.

Anna said...

That's a great story. Thanks for sharing!

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

Scobberlotcher said...

Books bring memories, don't they? Great story.

softdrink said...

How sweet!

writemeg said...

Great story! I have special memories like that, too -- one of my favorite books was chosen by my dad, who rarely did any of the Christmas shopping. He made a point of getting me a book on snowglobes, my favorite. Books are great! :)

Bluestocking said...

That was a wonderful story.

Callista said...

What a great memory! I've not read those stories yet.

Carrie said...

Great memory! I read White Fang when the Disney movie starring Ethan Hawke came out. It's been awhile.

Barbara H. said...

What a neat story and memory!

Scobberlotcher said...

Hey, that was an interesting comment. :) I have to say, I have been the spouse to become more like him and I've learned all kinds of boyscout stuff since we got married. He, however, just recently read MY book...which tells you how little he reads. Ha! In some ways, I think we create a little bit of a Hemingway life in our opposite interests.

I didn't know you had 2 boys. The things you learn, huh?

*lynne* said...

how sweet! :) Thank you for sharing this with us.

Veens said...

Bethany - awesome colorrrrrr! love love it!
it is beautiful!

i want to make a header like that one so so so much

perfecto!

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ok sorry - i came here to tell u i m reading God of Small things [ sigh ... ]
Half of a Yellow Sun
The Healing [ by Gita Aravamudan - an Indian Author ]

is that Nov book finalised for our group on book blogs?!
i would take time to get it! so i want to order it now :)

Veens said...

one more thing- u have to change the pics on the right hand side bar - to the same color

oh i love this color :D

Veens said...

ohh yah - i think so too! mebbe I should leave Half of a Yellow sun for awhile :D
and take up Sarah Dessen's Just Listen!
:D

Yes yes I noticed the no. of words ... good work - I actually can't believe this - but this is so cool ... ! I can't even think of writing this much!

really- if u dnt want to change the color background of the pics - no big deal -i love this color ;) and the header! awesome!

gautami tripathy said...

Great memory!

I wrote about my brother!

Booking through presents

Marie said...

that's an awesome story! :-)