Recently, a dear friend and I discussed memorable gifts that had been given to us. Part of what brought this up is that Dude has been on a Bambi watching kick for the last week. Well, you know how small children are. They like to watch the same thing over and over and over and over…
For me, the best gift I was ever given was of a copy of Bambi some 10 yrs ago by my now ex husband, The Marine. It was touching and extremely sentimental. You see, I had been extremely sick with the flu, just released from 3 days in the hospital and still feeling icky. I was extremely homesick and unhappy living in California too.
What made it so awesome and sentimental for me is that he remembered I told him about my childhood and listening to Bambi on an old 78 record with the read along booklet. About how I loved to listen and admire the artistry of the pictures.
I was released from the hospital the day Bambi came out on video. I remember that day clearly. He was a Marine at the time. He picked me up that morning but had to return to base for duty that day. That night, when he came home, he surprised me with my own copy of Bambi and a new houseplant. It was wonderful!
I remember watching it over and over and over. My favorite part of the whole video was about how the background for Bambi was made by painting the scenery on different pieces of glass and layering them for the 3-D effect. To me, the artwork of Bambi is still just amazing and breath taking!
Later, when I moved to Alaska during our divorce, I brought that copy of Bambi with me. I kept it and watched it whenever I was feeling out of sorts. Until Kitty decided that she wanted it with her when she was with her dad. I was sad to see it go, but glad I could share it with my daughter and that she loved it as much as I did.
I know. Silly and sentimental of me. But, that is hands down, the best material sort of gift The Marine had ever given to me. So, it was sentiment that had me buy Bambi on DVD when it came out. And, every time I watch it now, I remember that Febuary day in California and how very much it meant to me.
Have you ever been given a gift that was extremely sentimental to you? What’s the best gift you have ever been given?