The Gift Exchange

Stories I've Never Told...

As a rookie teacher at my school, I decided to partake in the office Secret Santa exchange. Since we have a large staff and include all teachers, admin and counselors in the draw, we fill out a short survey to give our gift-giver some hints on what we might like.

That year, I drew the name of another teacher in the office, Rina. She wrote on her questionnaire that she loved food and all things related to cooking. She noted “Kitchen Stuff Plus,” a Canadian housewares store, as her favourite store to shop. Having recently moved out at this time, I was quite familiar with the store too. So I went there for inspiration for her gift.

I walked up and down the aisles until something caught my eye. It was a beautiful fondue set with adorable ceramic ramekins and matching forks and spoons. And it was on sale! The…

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