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January 15th, 2006
So my friend Becky, who has studied abroad before, says to me, “You’d better not show up empty-handed. Your host family would appreciate it if you brought them a gift. ”
“What kind of gift should I bring?” says I.
“Something American, something that would represent where you’re from.”
The first thing I did was e-mail everyone in my program. “What are you guys bringing as gifts for your families?” I got a variety of responses ranging from, “I didn’t even think of a gift!” to “Take chocolate.” No help there.
I’ve since spent many grueling hours trying to come up with gifts for people I know nothing about. Finally a breakthrough! I wanted to buy a photobook of my college campus, since it’s a really beautiful place, and it would give my family an idea of where I’ve been living for the past 4 years. No such luck, I couldn’t find one. I did find a beautiful book with photos of natural scenery and wildlife from the state of Indiana, which I bought and wrapped today. So that takes care of the parents.
I’m still struggling with finding appropriate gifts for my 14-year old host brother and 23-year old host sister. My mom thinks I should get the brother an Ohio State University shirt, since I’m originally from Ohio. I ‘m a little skeptical, since I don’t go to Ohio State. I go to Indiana University. She also suggested some nice earrings for my sister. I like to bead, so maybe I can make her some?
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