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Regifts

It’s satisfying when everything gets to fulfill its intended purpose and when nothing goes to waste. That’s why people should not poo-poo regifts. Especially when they are given with good intent and thoughtfulness. You never know, perhaps a certain person was given a certain crappy gift that they did not appreciate only because the fates decreed that it should eventually be given unto you — a person who has the perfect use for said crappy gift and can help said inanimate object fulfill its lifelong ambition to be used and appreciated.

Such was the case with the Statue of Liberty. Bartholdi, the French sculptor of the statue, originally approached the viceroy of Egypt with a plan to build a “huge lighthouse in the form of an ancient Egyptian female peasant, robed and holding a torch aloft” at the northern entrance to the Suez Canal, depicting freedom. The proposal was refused and it was never erected, though. Twas too ‘spensive.

So when it was proposed to erect the same sculpture for the Americans, Bartholdi jumped at the opportunity, choosing Bedloe’s Island in the New York Harbor as the site for the statue. And thus the world’s most famous regift was constructed on its permanent foundation.

Its ironic, really, considering all the recent hubbub and protests regarding a free democratic society in Egypt — the country that initially refused the gift of the Statue of Liberty. And think about what that regift means to America now, in all its iconic regifted glory.

So next Christmas, when aunt Annabelle gives you that black acrylic sweater with the gold lamé weaving, don’t fret. Know that someone somewhere down the line wants — nay, needs — that item for some particular reason that you can’t possible fathom. Your eventual understanding matters not. That acrylic gold lamé sweater will someday fulfill its purpose. You don’t have to understand, you just have to let it go.

From France, with Love

Regifts are effing awesome.


 

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