We’ve all received a hated gift at some point in our lives. The awkward acceptance of the present usually leaves us scratching our heads, and asking the question: “Have you met me?”. If you’re like me, you act as gracious as you can and stammer out a lilted “thank you”. If you’re like me, you know that your acting skills aren’t on par with Meryl Streep’s , and you just hope that your moment in the spotlight passes quickly.
Marissa over at http://rockandrollsupermom.wordpress.com/ recently posted an awesome piece entitled “Inventory”. Her posts always make me laugh/ think. While thinking about her post, I remembered the worst Christmas present I’ve ever received. I was 20 or 21 and had a new step-mom whom I’d met once (after a secret wedding). At the time, I saw her as my adversary. This woman, in all of her animal print luster, was replacing my mother who had recently passed. If she had given me a diamond drenched Tiffany necklace, I probably would have balked at it. She did not give me a Tiffany necklace. She gave me a red sweater with a black velvet panther attached to it. I held this gift against her until I realized, years later, that she’s a wonderful woman. Our tastes differ but her heart was in the right place.
My pseudo MIL is a different story. There is no gift that pleases her, and we’ve spent many Christmases watching her blatantly re-gift items. Before she retired, we had to sit through her opening gifts from co-workers as she devilishly mocked them. In an effort to not become an object of her scorn, we would agonize and spend hundreds on her gift. With great relief, our agony was put at bay when we discovered her crawl space, filled with our unused loot. We could now spend $2 instead of $200 because it is all going in Diane’s trash bin,
I found the ad below on the free portion of Craigslist tonight, and I feel this woman’s pain. One Christmas, Derek presented me with a new make-up box from Sephora. He had given me one the year before, but this one was bigger. Diane’s response: “So you’ll be wearing more make-up this year?”