Your first love is no small thing. That first love is a person that will remain in your memory throughout many relationships and even marriages. Even decades later they will at times pop up into your memory. This story is a perfect example of the impact a first love can have.
It was Christmas time and as usual Adrian Pearce took out a wrapped up gift his first ex-girlfriend gave him and placed it under the tree. This isn’t an uncommon sight for his friends and family. He has been doing this for the past 47 years.
The Story Begins
Let’s go back 47 years. The year was 1970 and Adrian was your typical Canadian high school. Young Adrian couldn’t have known the significant impact he was about to face toward the end of that year. As 1970 came to wrap and the holiday season was lighting up Toronto, his story would begin.
17-year-old Adrian Pearce didn’t need anything for Christmas. He already had everything he wanted in his girlfriend Vicki. She was his first love and every day was a paradise for him. Sadly, high school relationships aren’t built to last. While he was completely unaware of any problems, Vicki was ready to move on and broke up with him days before Christmas. Suddenly his perfect Christmas was looking like a disaster.
He Was Blindsided
It was a moment he’d never forget. He was at her house when she broke the news to him. He was totally caught off guard by the breakup. He just couldn’t understand why she’d end things. During an interview with CBC, Adrian stated, “She gave me a present at the same time and I took the present home. I had a long walk home and I was all upset and angry, and all the things you feel when somebody breaks up with you.”
There Was Someone Else
The reason eventually came to light. Vicki was totally into someone else. “She went off with this kind of bad boy, this motorcycle riding guy named Wolfie. As she’s breaking up with me, she gives me the gift,” he stated during an interviewer with Edmonton AM. He couldn’t recall a time when he felt so many rotten feelings.
Despite leaving him in the dumps, she had bought him a Christmas gift. As he celebrated the holidays with a broken heart and his supportive family, he suddenly remembered that Vicki had given him a gift. Whilst many of us would have torn open the gift and immediately burned it or tossed it, Adrian didn’t. He didn’t even have the heart to reveal what it was that she gave him.
A Present Can’t Fix Anything
Adrian was noticeably in a state of rage and anger. His family immediately asked him why he was so hot and bothered. As a stream of tears rolled down his face, he told them the whole story. He even managed to show them the gift and stated, “I’m never going to open that present.” He then tossed the gift under the tree and stomped off to his room to vent in isolation. Vicki had single-handedly ruined his holiday.
Adrian was one in a million sulking teenage boys. Vicki’s present laid under his family’s Christmas tree and it served as a reminder of the person who broke his heart. To get dumped at 17 is never easy. He didn’t only have a home and school life to juggle, but now he had to manage with an utterly broken heart.
Not This Year
Christman morning dawned on everyone on December 25, 1970. Like in every household, everyone walked into the living room and began opening Christmas presents. Pretty soon every gift had been opened and only one remained and that was Vicki’s gift. It just sat there taunting Adrian. He stuck to his word and refused to open the gift.
Adrian Pearce was a man who was well known for keeping his word. Once he told his family that he’d never open the gift, he’d keep his word and never open it. He eventually left home and went to college. It was over there that he met a ghost from his haunted past: Vicki’s sister. The year was 1977 and the gift still remained wrapped up.
A Second Chance?
As the two exchanged words, she thought that maybe Adrian and Vicki could put things back together. Vicki’s sister gave Adrian Vicki’s new number. After some contemplation, Adrian decided to call Vicki. The call was a massive success and they two ended up meeting in person. Things looked good in the beginning, he even felt maybe they could start all over. As time went by, he soon came to the conclusion that too much time had passed and they were now living two very different lives.
Married With Children
Years went by and eventually, Adrian found himself with a wife and kids. He was happy and pretty much over any past loves. With that, every Christmas Vicki’s gift would be brought out and placed under the tree. His kids didn’t quite understand why and when they asked him to open the gift, he’d refuse. His wife wasn’t having it anymore.
No Room Under The Tree
Adrian’s wife had a jealous streak and seeing Vicki’s gift under the tree year after year would annoy her to no end. She was a girl that he dated briefly back when he was in high school. She told him that there was no room under the tree for Vicki’s gift. By the time 2017 came around, Adrian decided that it was time to end the Vicki saga.
Starting The Search
Christmas 2017 began like any other Christmas. Pearce took the package from its hiding spot and admired the aging package. He decided to take his gift to Facebook. His friends and family were stunned as they all began to guess what mystery was wrapped up in that ancient wrapping paper. One friend stated that it might be an engraved cigarette case. Some guess that there might be a photo. One of his friends thought it’d be a good idea to wait until the 50th anniversary.
A Possibly Clue
Adrian came to the conclusion that before he’d open the gift, he’d find Vicki first. He began searching through his things. He managed to find a diary from the 1970’s. He managed to score big when he came across her number, her parent’s number and the employer’s number. Now all he had to do was make the call.
Dialed The Numbers
Adrian was no fool. He knew that there was a good chance that the numbers would be dated. Still, he dialed on with high hopes. “I was almost shaking I was nervous,” He said when describing make the call. Sadly, just as he expected, none of the numbers amounted to anything. He had to take things a step further.
Going A Step Further
It didn’t throw off Adrian that the numbers didn’t work. He was pretty certain that they wouldn’t. He sat and thought of others ways that he could track her down. He decided to search for her via her maiden name. The search brought up a woman that was living in British Columbia. This person was well into her 90’s and clearly wasn’t his Vicki.
Reaching Out Through Facebook
Seeing as we live in 2018, Facebook was a huge part of his search for Vicki. He would ask friend and followers to share his post. He hoped that they’d somehow get to her. Despite his search, he had to no clue what to do or say if he actually found her. He had kept the gift for all those years because he had hoped that they would get back together. He had no plans for that now, but still wanted to find her.
During his search and began sharing interesting facts about the gift. For instance, he says that at one point he actually almost opened Vicki’s gift. He said he was just about to rip the paper, but had second thoughts and decided not to. He then would continue his Christmas tradition of bringing out the aging gift every year and placing it under the tree.
People couldn’t help be taken by Adrian’s story. Pretty soon his personal mission to find his first love garnered international attention. Different news outlets reached out to Adrian and wanted to interview him. He immediately saw that by giving interviews and telling his story, he might be able to track Vicki down. He welcomed every reporter with open arms.
Far And Wide
Once the news outlets got ahold of it, the story spread like a wildfire. The story has gone as far as Russia, Australia, and Denmark. With that coverage, he is still having issues getting ahold of her. Perhaps she is hiding out and doesn’t want to be found, but who could know. One has to wonder why it is so hard to find this woman.
Surprised About The Publicity
During an interview with CBC, Pearce went on to say, “It’s pretty funny. It does surprise me that it went that far, that people were that interested. There’s so much crappy news out there. This isn’t fake news. This is real news and this is a story that could have a happy ending.” Yet will Vicki spring up and give him the happy ending he is looking for.
Is it Her?
Since the world learned of Adrian’s story, there have been women that have actually stepped up and claimed to be Vicki. Adrian had a hard time believing them and tested them using old dates and teacher’s names. Sadly for him, all three women failed his test. He pushed the false Vicki’s aside and continued his search.
A 50th Anniversary
Since the search took off, Adrian has sat and pondered up a perfect time to open the gift he has long rejected. He took up his friend’s initial advice and decided that it’d be a good idea to wait until 2020, the 50th anniversary of getting the gift from Vicki. Adrian took things a step further by using the media attention to help make the gift reveal charitable. Here is the plan he cooked up.
Lots of Ideas
The package is the size of a postcard or a small book. Upon studying the wrapping and looking at it, Adrian has come to a number of conclusions as to what the gift might be. The mystery gift can be a book, a picture, and even some really old retro chocolate. One this is for certain, the gift is something from a time gone by.
The Gift That Keeps On Giving
Like Adrian, the world over is also wondering what this gift could be. With that, he has decided to throw a contest that would involve guessing the gift. He could also use the contest as a way to fund certain charities. With all that, Adrian still has one thing at the front of his mind and that’s finding Vicki, his first love.
A Bit Undecided
At the end of the day, Adrian had still not come up with a concrete plan concerning the gift. 50 years later and he says that sometimes he’s still tempted to leave it closed. “Maybe I don’t want to know what’s inside it. It’s more exciting right now not opening the thing,” he stated to reporters.
The Search Continues
As of today, Vicki is still a mystery to Adrian. He has put out a message across a number of social media outlets, but he hasn’t gotten back any results yet. With that, in a couple of years, the unwrapped gift will reach the age of 50. More than anything, he wants Vicki to join in on the celebration of opening the gift she gave him all those years ago.