When a Canadian man was dumped by his high school sweetheart, he never moved on. Before they had ended their relationship, she had given him a Christmas gift. But when he learned that she didn’t want to be with him anymore, he decided to leave it unwrapped. That was 47 years ago. And now he still takes out his high school sweetheart’s gift every Christmas to put under his tree – next to his faithful wife’s gifts.
Back in 1970, Adrian Pearce was in the 12th grade at George S. Henry Secondary School. He lived in a suburban part of Toronto and had fallen in love with his high school girlfriend named Vicki. But she broke his heart. In the nearly five decades since their breakout, he has not moved on.
“She gave me a present at the same time, and I took the present home,” he told Canada’s CBC. “I had a long walk home, and I was all upset and angry, and all the things you feel when somebody breaks up with you.”
Although she dumped him, he placed the gift under his Christmas tree hoping that she would return so he could open it and prove his love. But unless that happened, he promised never to open it.
“I told my family I’m never going to open that present,” he said.
Now that Pearce is 60 years old, he still leaves the present from his high school girlfriend unopened. And he places it under the tree every Christmas.
Although he has married another woman and had children, Pearce has refused to let his high school love go. And he continues to prioritize Vicki’s unopened gift every Christmas.
After 47-years, his wife finally made him take the gift out from under the tree.
But Pearce still hopes Vicki will return, so he keeps her present in the closet and mournfully looks at it and thinks about the life he could have had with her every year around Christmas.
The gift has faded. Its paper and tape are weak. And when he really missed her, he thought about opening it. And he almost did.
“I kept it initially because I guess I had hopes that we would get back together and open it together. Now it’s just become a habit after 47 years of looking at it and having the pleasure of not opening it,” Pearce said.
Pearce thinks that Vicki gave him a book. But it also might not be spoiled chocolate. He yearns to see her again so he can open it. But part of him too likes not knowing.
“Maybe I don’t want to know what’s inside it. It’s more exciting right now not opening the thing,” he said.
Pearce might open the box when it has finally been 50 years after their breakup.
“Perhaps she can be found and share in the celebration,” he said as he thought about his long-lost love Vicki. Meanwhile, his wife is sour that he still remembers his ex so fondly.
If you were his wife, would you let him keep his ex’s gift for five decades?