In December of 8th grade, my best friend moved to Australia. Although we hung out with different crowds at school—me with the band geeks and nerds, her with the jocks and cheerleaders—we were practically inseparable on the weekends.
After spending nearly every Friday or Saturday night sleeping over at her house, I started to call her grandmother “Nana” and her younger sibling “Sissy” too. I even read Sissy bedtime stories and styled her hair in the mornings, something she rarely allowed anyone else to do.
My parents could tell I was devastated, so as a Valentine’s Day surprise two months later, they wrapped up a round-trip ticket to Sydney for me to open at our festive family brunch. I bounced up and down in my seat as soon as I opened that little piece of paper, and when I boarded the plane during Spring Break in April, I barely slept for a second for the entire 14+-hour flight.
That was one of the most special and thoughtful Valentine’s Day gifts I’ve ever received, and it truly showed how much my family loved each other.
This year, because we care so much about you readers, a few of my blogging friends and I are hosting a special giveaway to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day: one lucky reader will receive a $300 Amazon gift card!
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*Amazon Gift Card Giveaway will be open until 11:59 PM Central Time on February 9, 2015. Open to the US only. Winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond, or else a new winner will be selected.