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He went by his middle name, Mike, back then, so he'd have to explain that. It's more exciting right now not opening the thing."Pearce said his wife is OK with it, and kind of likes the mystery of the unopened present, too.He's not fully sure why he kept the present anyway. He said he's considering opening it on the 50th anniversary of receiving it and having a contest to guess what's under the wrapping, with a fee to enter and the proceeds going to a Christmas charity."Perhaps she can be found and share in the celebration," Pearce said.
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Amid the hustle and bustle of office parties, tree trimming, and family traditions most of us assume we’ll have little time to look for love.
Besides, we’ve all heard it before—no one wants to start dating someone new during the holidays. More No matter how socially savvy we are, it’s easy to stumble into “awkward first date” territory.
After my family opened their gifts at Christmas, there was still one Christmas gift left and it's the gift this girl Vicki had given me.
I told my family I'm never going to open that present."He never did.
His recent search for his old flame was unsuccessful, but he continues to bring out the mystery present every Christmas.
As Canadians tear open their presents this Christmas morning, there's one dog-eared gift that an Edmonton man won't be opening that came from an old girlfriend who dumped him 47 years ago.
Ten-digit dialling wasn't in use in the Toronto area at the time, so Pearce tried all three of the current area codes, but no luck. Some of the tape doesn't stick so well because one year, in a moment of weakness, Pearce started to open it and then stopped himself."I kept it initially because I guess I had hopes that we would get back together and open it together.
He tried an internet search and called a woman with the same name in Kelowna, B. Pearce said he's not sure what he'd say if the right Vicki answered. Now it's just become a habit after 47 years of looking at it and having the pleasure of not opening it," Pearce said."Maybe I don't want to know what's inside it.
Eventually, his wife put her foot down and said it wasn't welcome under the tree anymore.
Now, he just pulls out the old gift, which is wrapped in shiny blue paper that's fading, and just looks at it before putting it away again. He found the old phone numbers and dialled them."I was almost shaking I was so nervous," he said.
Back in 1970, Adrian Pearce was a 17-year-old Grade 12 student at George S.