I find myself with a couple of free days so I thought I'd put away some Christmas gifts and rearrange some decorative gifts given to us in the past. We often shake our heads and wonder out loud, "What ever became of the young couple who was determined not to let "things" overwhelm their lives?" " Yes, but back then we were talking about impulsively-purchased, materialistic, acquisitive, values-corrupting THINGS, not sentimental love-gifted things with names, faces and stories attached."
The carved-horn "decorative" gift in the picture was given to us by Jon and Dominic, the Ku brothers who owned the Bamboo Garden restaurant. We met them through Denver International Program when I took our D.I.P participant--from Hong Kong-- with me to ask if they could donate two dinner gift certificates to our silent auction fundraiser. Not only did they contribute but they came to the fundraiser and bid on--and bought--several items. Afterward we became regular customers of their restaurant and good friends. Nine years later we invited them to our "Come Dance With Us" party for our 25th Wedding Anniversary and they came bearing this gift--the most unusual one we've ever received. When asked if it had any symbolic meaning attached, they simply answered: "No." I am sometimes at a loss for where to put it, but I would never part with it because it has a story--with names and faces attached.