A Man in Edmonton (Canada) who made International Headlines for holding onto a Wrapped Christmas Gift from a High-School Girlfriend who dumped him nearly 50 years ago, finally learned what it was in Early December, 2018 when she travelled to the city and opened it for him.
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Adrian Pearce, now a Married Father of 2, received the Small Present wrapped in Shiny, Purple Paper shortly before Christmas in 1971 from Vicki Allen, who was his very first Sweetheart at George S. Henry Secondary School in Toronto (Canada).
But when she handed the Gift to him, she broke up with him. Dejected, Adrian returned to his Family’s Home, threw it under the Christmas Tree and vowed Never to Open it.
The story last December about the unopened gift appeared on TV, newspapers and websites around the world. And as Vicki stood on a stage in a packed cafe northwest of the city and peeled away the paper with Adrian standing beside her and his wife, Janet, in the audience, she herself did not know what she would see because it was so long ago and she had forgotten.
(Adrian Pearce held his Unopened Gift which was received from his High School Girlfriend Vicki Allen in 1971. Photo by The Canadian Press.)
“Oh no!” Vicki exclaimed when she finally saw. “I can’t give that to him!”
It was a Small Book called “Love Is: New Ways To Spot That Certain Feeling” with a Cartoons and sayings about Love. “The irony is extreme,” Vicki cried.
The event was a Fundraiser for the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton, a Local Charity that provides Christmas Meals to Families in need.
“Love is all of us, all of you, here tonight for the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton,” Adrian responded.
Actually, days after Adrian’s story appeared Last Christmas, a Friend who knew them both in High School sent Vicki a Link to one of the many articles written about it. Vicki responded by clicking “like” on some of Adrian’s Facebook Posts, and Adrian figured out who it was. They got in touch, and eventually Adrian and his Wife were invited to meet her where she now lives in British Columbia (Canada).
They learned that they all got along. They also learned the reason Vicki dumped Adrian all those years ago.
It turned out that while Vicki was shopping for Adrian’s Gift at the Mall, she met Another Boy and he kissed her on the spot.
“It wouldn’t have been so bad, but I kissed him back,” Vicki said.
She said she knew Adrian would find out she had betrayed him. She knew it was over between them.
“It was a very innocent relationship. We were in high school,” Vicki explained about her relationship with Adrian. “I didn’t know he felt as intensely as he did.”
(The Book: Adrian Pearce, centre, his Wife Jan Piers, left, and his Ex-Girlfriend Vicki Allen signed books for fans in St. Albert, Alta., on Dec. 6, 2018. Photo by The Canadian Press.)
For years, even after he had married, Adrian still placed the dog-eared gift under the Tree every Christmas. He enjoyed the mystery of it, but eventually his Wife put her foot down when their Daughter, then five, wanted to open it.
“She said, ’Daddy, when you die, I’ll be able to open it then, right?’ I told him he could keep it, but we just didn’t want (the gift) out in public,” she explained.
“I’m pretty secure in our relationship. I’ve never been jealous.”
Vicki admitted some trepidation about meeting Adrian and his wife. Was he a stalker? He was a nice boy in 1971, but maybe, she thought, “he’s probably become an expert axe murder.”
Some people had accused Vicki of being a terrible person for giving Adrian a Christmas Present and then breaking up with him. Adrian has also been called everything from “Heartbroke Bloke” in the British press to “moron” in one New York newspaper.
He has since written a book about the whole experience, and his wife and Vicki contributed chapters.
“I think it’s absolutely fantastic that we’re friends. My wife is friends with (Vicki),” Adrian told the crowd.
“We’re in a fantastic place where all you can feel is love.”