Okay so here is a small confession: I got my dad and Alondra’s holiday gifts from a thrift shop. There, I said it. And? The thrift shop is a great place to find things of value for a cheap price. You’d be surprised by the things you find in there. My allergies to dust limit my visits to the two stores I have discovered here in the Bronx.
Last year, Alondra found a Christmas Garfield plush toy and got it for me. It is still on my bed and I cherish it. This year I decided to return the favor and see what I can find for her. Guess what I found in the toy section? An Etch-A-Sketch! A fully working one too. Alondra had always wanted one, but there are not many places that sell them anymore. The few retail stores I have found the toy in sold it at expensive prices. I bought her the Etch-A-Sketch as a Three Kings Day gift.
A few shelves away from where I located the Etch-A-Sketch, I found Papi’s Christmas gift: a 2010 Hess Truck! The lights worked perfectly and so did the take off ramp. Papi had wanted a Hess truck since he was a kid. My grandparents were not able to afford one for him and he gave up on that wish. I made his childhood dream come true. Unfortunately, I did not find the jet that came with it, so I improvised with a Hess car that combined with the colors.
Papi and Alondra’s faces lit up when they opened their gifts. My dad could not believe I got him the HESS truck! He is still a little kid inside. I would like to remind everyone that it is not about how much the gift is worth, but what it means to the person you are giving it to.
Photos: Rosa Elena Burgos
Last Updated: December 13, 2021