A few months ago, I made the decision to purchase a bag that I had been eyeing for months. I had eagerly anticipated the arrival of the bag, because for me, it was quite a splurge. You can find the story about the arrival of my GiGi here. Little did I know that the purchase would begin an everlasting love for the company, GiGi New York.
Because I loved the bag so much, I sent my blog post to the company to thank them. I think that it is so important to let people know when you appreciate them! I mentioned that I planned to continue purchasing from them, whenever possible, because I was so impressed with the quality of their products. In turn, I received an email from Rosella. She had read my blog post and thanked me for being a teacher. She understood what it was like to be on a teacher on a budget. In appreciation, the company offered to send me the most fabulous monogrammed clutch and iPhone cover. I am probably guilty for jumping up and down in my classroom when I read Rosella’s sweet email. And, if I were to ever meet Rosella in person, I would give her the biggest hug! She was so personable and made me feel like family. Because a simple thank-you wasn’t enough, I decided that I should explain why I have such a love for this company.
In order to fully understand why I am so appreciative, I must give you a little background information. I am the daughter of a middle school teacher and a mechanic. My mother stayed at home with my sister and me until she went to college, at forty, to become a teacher. Because we lived on one income for many years, my mother did everything she could to make our home wonderful on a very meager budget. Before she began teaching, she made all of our clothes. While we watched television, she sat at the machine, sewing tirelessly. She was an excellent seamstress and we were always the best dressed children in school. I don’t think that anyone ever realized that our clothes were homemade. Even though we were always on a budget and couldn’t afford the best, she taught me how to appreciate the finer things, if even from afar. Growing up, my parents did such an amazing job providing for us, we never realized that we struggled financially. Sadly, I didn’t appreciate the stress they must have endured, or how hard they worked then. They always made it look easy. Even though they couldn’t always provide material things, they provided us with enough love and guidance to compensate.
When I became a teacher and was single, I realized how hard it was to live on a teacher’s income. I tried to live by myself, but only incurred more debt. I had to move home with my parents. When I met my husband seven years ago, neither of us had much of anything because both of us had spent the last years paying off our debts. When I married him, I knew that he struggled terribly with dyslexia. Because of the chronic dyslexia, he was unable to attend college. He has had to work so hard to compensate. I’ve watched him work tirelessly to grow his company. In the five years we’ve been married, we have been able to build a house and take a few vacations. We have even started a pool in our backyard. We have worked extremely hard for the things that we have and we make an effort to not take anything for granted. For the first time ever, I have been able to splurge, selectively, on a few nicer things. Before, I’ve only been able to admire the things that other people have owned. We are still on a tight budget, but I have discovered that I would rather invest in a few nicer things that I really enjoy, instead of buying the inexpensive things in quantity that just don’t last. My mother always taught me that quality is better than quantity. Because of GiGi’s outstanding beliefs, quality, and customer service, I am a customer for life. I have an everlasting love for the GiGi company.
Thank you, GiGi, for taking the time to recognize me as a teacher. Only a few times, in eighteen years, have I felt truly appreciated! Of course, I don’t teach to be thanked. I teach because I want to contribute to our society. If I am appreciated by only one student, than that’s one student who’s life I have touched. I completely adore my GiGi bags and my iPhone cover. I carry my GiGi bags with pride. From teachers all over the world, thank you for making us feel important! Your gift will always be one of the most outstanding things in my life. It shows that, sometimes, things that seem small can be so important to someone else. Because you gave to me, I am inspired to give back. I have bagged up my entire collection of handbags to donate to a charity in my town. Hopefully, one of my gently used purses will fill a need for someone that doesn’t have one.