Or, “The Best Present I Ever Received But Was Ungrateful for As an 11-Year-Old Shithead.”
Turning 11 was a traumatic experience for me. I cried because I thought it was the “last” year of being “young”. Because 12 is almost a teenager and by that point you aren’t even a kid anymore. I really actually cried.
So for some reason that birthday was especially memorable and I remember a couple of the gifts I got that year. One was a pink and purple layering shirt set that my mom got me from Old Navy:
The other was… a yellow yoga mat. I was figure skating competitively at the time, and my mom told her sister that I needed a yoga mat for yoga-ish things. So my mom drove me to some parking lot somewhere where we met up with my aunt who gave me a yellow yoga mat. I was gracious, but I was pretty disappointed. I didn’t think I needed it and I certainly didn’t want it. Not for my birthday, anyway.
Well, I’ll tell you what, that thing is the gift that just keeps on giving. Even though I don’t do yoga, I still get so much use out of it. I used to bring it to skating to unroll on the floor and use for my warmups. It went unused for a while once I quit, but the last few years it has been getting lots of use as a mat for core and stretching at home. I even did actual yoga on it a few times. I still don’t like yoga though. So not much yoga happens on that mat. But some.
I also love that it’s yellow. I don’t see many yellow yoga mats. It’s nice. 🙂
So yes. I love my yoga mat. Even though I hated it 10 years ago. It is amazing now and I’m so very grateful for it. Thanks Aunt!
Have you ever gotten a gift you still use years later?