Day 19 - It’s the Thought that Counts (For Better or For Worse)

I have always had a poor poker face when it comes to expressing my true feelings about a gift. Try as I might to feign excitement, people could always sense my disappointment when something wasn’t to my liking. It’s probably why my family has always ended up going the gift card route.

Many years back, I spent one Christmas with the family of an ex-girlfriend, whose parents clearly did not receive the 'gift-card memo'. So, on that joyous Christmas morning, when the whole family was watching me unwrap the very baroque set of wine glasses that were clearly not my style, I suspect I wasn’t fooling anyone when I expressed just how much I loved the gift, and how the glasses would be perfect for my next dinner party!

Imagine what the parents must have thought then, when – not an hour later – they heard the sound of shattering glass emanating from the guest room. Did I mention that I am also very accident-prone? And yes, no word of a lie, I swear on my life…it was truly an accident!

Though I’m sure the parents, to this day, still think otherwise.

Jack Liang, Principal of Spellingbee Communication Inc.

Precious memories are worth celebrating. Let us not forget those with Alzheimer's or other dementias who suffer from a loss of memory. For more information, visit the Alzheimer Society of Toronto.

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