Jacqueline stood next to the shop waiting for her best friend, Danielle, to show up. It was a sunny Saturday morning in the small village of Piana where trade was plenty and spirits were high. Danielle skipped down the road and smiled at Jacqueline who held up the bag of coins they managed to save from the beginning of the year. It was finally time to buy the gift.
Both girls entered the shop reluctantly: Jacqueline with her high blond ponytail and Danielle’s short black hair were out of place in the high class French accessories shop but they didn’t seem to realize.
- There are too many to choose from, aren’t there?
- I know
They walked past a red velvet hat that caught Jacqueline’s eye.
- how about this one?
- I don’t think my mom likes the color red. What about your mom?
- She prefers dark colors.
Danielle’s hand touched a brown leather glove with a fur trim. She picked it up and took in the musky scent, smiling. It dawned to her that her mother’s gloves were worn out and immediately thought this would be the best gift. Jacqueline was eyeing a black velvet hat with a yellow bow imagining how it would look on her mother’s head. She loved how her hair glistened in the sun and her blue eyes twinkled when she saw her coming home from school.
They stood next to the cash register clutching tight onto their new possessions. Their heads barely reaching the table as they raised themselves onto their toes to see the saleslady.
- Good day, how much for these?
- Hello little girls. Do you have enough money for both?
- Yes, we were saving for a long time and want to give our mothers a present.
- That’s nice. 15 francs for both
The girls giggled and handed the money over, keeping the extra few coins for themselves. The items were packed neatly in separate pink bags and both girls skipped outside the store. They hugged each other, smiling and giggling, not believing that they were finally able to buy something so beautiful for their mothers.
They walked down the long and grey path, two girls with identical bags and smiles upon their faces, hoping that their gifts will be accepted with a smile.