After graduating from college, my parents debated the idea of what to get me as a graduation gift. They had given me a little bit of cash to get started but they were also wanting to buy me an actual gift, and had been waiting to see where I was going to be working and living before doing so. I had told them I was okay with whatever they decided, but what I really wanted was a new flat screen television for my new apartment. I had recently gotten a new job and a place to live, but I had almost no money to buy myself any luxury items or even really decorate my new place. I floated the idea to my sister who promised to subtly pass it along as a hint.
I knew we were on the right track when I was at my parent’s house the following weekend packing up some of my old stuff and I stopped in their office to use their computer for a minute. There was a notepad next to the computer with various phrases such as LED display and certain brand names of televisions and other electronics written down. I knew my parents did not know much about technology and probably wanted to do a fair amount of research before actually buying me a television, but this was definitely a good start in the right direction. I told my sister about it and she promised she would follow up.
It was a few weeks later and I was just settling into my new place. I had moved all of my clothes and childhood items out of my parents’ house and into the small one bedroom apartment I was renting. I had not thrown a housewarming party because it was such a small place and I did not think many people would really fit. But they had asked if they could come over for dinner to see the place and I agreed that it would be a lovely idea. So I was making them dinner when they arrived carrying a huge box that could only be one thing: my new television! I was so excited I stopped cooking and had to rip it open. There it was, a forty six inch LED screen that would fit perfectly in my new living room.
I was so giddy I could not wait to turn it on. I was going to want cable next but in the meantime once we got it set up, I was able to get the local channels. The LED screen was beautiful and the colors were crystal clear and so bright. I was so excited, and it really made my living room a complete package. My parents are the best, and I could not stop thanking them over and over again. They did tell me what they thought was a secret, that my sister had told them what to get, and we all had a good laugh about it. I have since gotten cable and watch it regularly on my amazing television.