I have no idea what to get my sister, Jessica for her birthday. And I’m quickly running out of time. You see, when it comes to holidays and birthdays, nobody does presents like the Quiggles. Most sisters just buy a small present for each other on their birthday and maybe a larger one for Christmas, but not the Quiggle sisters. Nope, we go all out! You want that two hundred dollar straightener for your birthday? Done. Need a new phone? Sure thing. Or how about a whole new wardrobe? Okay, I might have exaggerated on that last one, but you get the idea. Present giving is a big deal to us.
I think it started on my twelfth birthday. My parents made no plans for a party, just like every year, so my sister Heather decided to step in. She was in college at the time and got her roommate and several of her friends to pitch in. They all bought me gifts and one even made a cake! Naturally, there was some off-key singing of Happy Birthday.
Ever since then, Jessica, Heather, and myself have always felt responsible for making each other feel special on every present giving occasion. That means piles of presents at Christmas. Ridiculous Easter baskets. And even the occasional Valentine.
Unfortunately for me, this means between Heather, Jessica, and my boyfriend, I have three birthdays back-to-back. This is making this poor college kid even more poor. My boyfriend’s birthday is at the beginning of June. Heather’s in late June. And Jessica’s is this very Saturday. Of whom, I still haven’t bought a present for. But don’t tell her! I’ve been racking my brain trying to come up with the perfect present for her. One that fits in my very low budget but of course, also meets the Quiggle gift giving standards. Unfortunately for her, that new refrigerator she so desperately needs is not one of them.
What once started out as a way to show our love for each other, over the years has turned into a stress filled, wallet busting, over the top crazy town extravaganza. Which sadly, lead us to last christmas setting a budget that was very hard to stick to.
Still, even though our gift giving may be a little over the top, it makes it all worth it when you see the huge smile on your sister’s face after opening a present. It’s not just a material possession. To me it’s a statement of the love you have for one another, saying that life may be pretty shitty, but I am always here for you.
Now if only I could find that statement somewhere on sale...