I always receive tons of gifts on my birthday, but that year, one gift surprised me the most. My aunt, who had just got back from Australia, arrived with a brown cardboard box in her hands. She was carrying it with utmost care and there was a yellow ribbon placed on top of the box. However, what caught my attention was not the brightly coloured ribbon but the numerous tiny holes around the box. My aunt told me to open it immediately because it was small and it needed care. I thought it was strange to open a present before cutting the birthday cake but she sounded so serious that I had to open the box.
Before I peered inside the box, a tiny nose popped out from under the lid. I gently lifted the lid and found the cutest little thing alive. It was a guinea pig from Australia. Its hair was white and long and it made a high-pitched squeal whenever it became scared. I decided to name it Phi Phi because of its squeal. Everyone at the party thought it was adorable. Even my elder sister, who disliked animals, took to it. It was a special gift that I treasure till today.
Every year, I always receive a lot of different gifts from my parents, brothers and friends on my birthday. But on my 21th birthday, I received a special gift from my best friend. She gave me a small red box and said that: “This is my special gift for you. I hope you will love it”. I opened it. It was a thick book.
I could have been never envisage that my best friend would give me such a precious gift. The book with title was “Life Without Limits” by an extraordinary man, Nick Vujicic. The book was not only Nick’s story but also plenty of stories of other people that Nick encountered. I really impressed to the story of author who had been born without limbs, but he overcame his disabilities to live an independent and fulfilling life. He told the story of his emotional battle when he went to school as a child, teen, and young adult. Nick showed how he learned to accept what he could not control. He encouraged everyone to find their life's purpose and to ignore their inferiority. Nick Vujicic's book has been one of the best books I had ever read. The book even helped me make positive changes in practical. I knew that my best friend chose this gift for me because of spiritual value of this book. The motto of Nick: “Life without meaning has no hope. Life without hope has no faith.” that was also mine.
Although it was not highly cost, I was happy and I keep it as a treasure. However, it was also the last gift from my best friend. Now, she had to move to Ho Chi Minh City with her husband. I was upset when I knew that. Whenever i read it, I miss my best friend so much.