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January 20, 2017 - 10:04

by Dimitri Youse, 10th grade student

What is the greatest gift you have received that is not “stuff.” When people hear the word “gift” right away their mind takes them to material gifts. We all enjoy receiving gifts, little presents here and there, but the best gifts are the ones that many of us do not brag about; such as family, education, life, freedom and many other abilities that many of us take for granted. There are many gifts that are of higher importance than materials. These are some of my favorite gifts that have been given to me to cherish.

My family is one of the greatest gifts I have received. They are very important to me. Not everyone is lucky enough to be blessed with a loving, or complete family. I was lucky enough to be blessed with a loving and somewhat complete family. Many children only imagine being part of a family, let alone a loving family.

My education is another great gift. My education is very important to me, and so are the people who teach it to me. I might not express my appreciation towards my education, but I am grateful and thankful for having the ability to learn and be part of such a great community. Without my education, I would have a very difficult time getting through life. Not many children are blessed enough to get a quality education. In other countries, children only dream of what it would be like to attend schools and learn.

Another extremely important gift that was given to me was my life. Some people are not blessed with the gift of life, or better yet, appreciating the gift of life. And then there are those whose lives are cut short and wish they could have more time with their loved ones. Some people do not even take care of their lives, they do drugs, alcohol, or just straight up kill themselves. Many take this gift for granted. We only get one life. Take care of it.

Freedom is another great gift that I have received. As Americans, we are lucky enough to have the freedom that we do. Our freedom is not free. Somebody’s son, daughter, father, mother and grandfather fought and risked their lives to fight and provide us with the freedom we enjoy today. It is sad to see and hear people dis the gift of freedom.

Many of our gifts, we as a society take for granted and assume that we are entitled to everything we have. A real eye opener is the day you run into someone, or see someone struggle with walking, reading, talking, expressing themselves verbally or a simple skill as eating and drinking. Instead of bragging about all the materials everyone has, let us brag about all the real meaningful gifts we each possess. I feel very blessed to have been given such wonderful gifts that I will forever cherish.