The most special gift I’ve ever gotten was a smartphone. It was bought by my aunt 2 years ago when I was still in Grade 12. This gift came as a form of a birthday gift even though it came late as she was still saving to buy it.

It is surprising how a gift from such a small box can change one’s life.

In 2017 I was in matric and I was so fortunate because my phone had internet. I was able to research my assignments, apply to tertiary institutions online. And for me to be able to see and join this competition is all because of the same smartphone that she bought. What I love most about it is the priceless moments that I capture all the time.

I grew up without my parents as my mother passed away when I was 9 years old and I don’t know my father. But never has my aunt ever made me feel like an outcast when I’m around her children. I never thought I could own a smartphone like any other children out there. Knowing that there are people who are there to give you all your needs, where they can, is amazing.

The phone is also special to me because I have been applying for a job that will help me save for my studies. And indeed I was once called for my first interview ever, through that phone. Even though I didn’t get the job, but it was a special moment.

I now can access my emails from anywhere. I have more storage to store my files and never worry about my memory card formatting them. A 2-year old gift is the one that’s still helping me to connect with my family and friends using video calling, acting as a tool that strengthens my relationship with them.

Last year I opened a Twitter account and gained 30K+ followers. I use the account to promote people’s tweets with just R200 per 3 tweets and I save that money.

The phone is contributing to my future and where I want to be in life. No amount of words can deeply tell how grateful I am to her and may God continue to bless her for me. I’d also like to tell families and friends out there that no matter what gift it is, you’ll never know how much it means to a person. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to buy a gift that’ll change someone’s life for the better.