What are people’s expectations when receiving gifts? We expect them to be amazing, look good and worthwhile. In short, we expect them to be the best gifts ever! It may be a pretty red dress or a really fast racing car! Something we can show off to our friends. Whatever it is, we expect them to be the best.
But the question is: Why do we always want the ‘best gift ever’? Well, I think it is simply because it gives us euphoria or happiness for days, weeks, months or even years! But what if we get a present that lacks something? Something we think is imperfect? What will we do? Will we still use it? Cry about it? Or maybe even get mad about it?
In the animation entitled “The Present” a boy receives a pet puppy as a gift from his mother. Of course, the boy was more than happy to receive such an adorable puppy because who wouldn’t want one, right? Seconds later, the boy discovers something strange, the pup seems to be missing a front leg. The boy was somewhat disappointed and began to ignore the pup.
The lovely pup, full of life and enthusiasm, not focusing on the rejection, but continued playing until he caught the attention of his owner. Eventually, the boy became quite fond of the cute pup. At the end of the clip, audiences discovered that the boy was also missing a leg. The pup’s friendliness and pure love eventually won over the new owner’s heart. I am foreshadowing that the pair will form a close bond and an unbreakable friendship!
I think this animation shows us that we may not always receive the gift we thought is the best, but it will be the perfect one for us if we open our heart and our mind to appreciate the meaning and the value of the ‘gift’ given to us.
“The Present” is a digital short created by the students of Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in Germany. Watch and enjoy the lovely animation here:
Source: The Present via YouTube