Thoughtful Gifts

Gift giving is a major part of relationships in many cultures.  I was in Chicago when I studied anthropology.  By means of detailed ethnographies, I visited fascinating peoples all over the world.  I went to Central America and studied the advanced cultures of the Mayans and the Aztecs.  I crossed the Pacific and studied the tribal peoples of Melanesia and Polynesia.  I studied the Eskimos of the northern tundra and the aboriginal Ainus of Japan.  I examined the cultural patterns surrounding love and marriage and found that in every culture I studied gift-giving was a part of the love-marriage process.

A gift is something you can hold in your hand and say, “Look, he was thinking of me,” or “She remembered me.”  You must be thinking of someone to give him a gift.  The gift itself is a symbol of that thought.  How often do you think about your spouse throughout your day?  How often do you make that known to them?  This week when you think about your spouse try to show them by giving them a token of your affection, a symbol of that thought.

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