It’s been a while. It’s not you, it’s me. Life gets in the way, sometimes. And when your blog is about life, well it is a little confusing. I am confused, are you?
Speaking of being confused, the act of giving a gift has always baffled me. I drive my wife crazy with wedding gifts. Truth is I don’t like the idea of being told what to give someone. In some ways, it takes away the thoughtfulness behind it. When I was in law school living on borrowed money, I bought one of my best friends a case of $2 wine for his wedding. I was late in the game, so it was either that or two cloth napkins. I was broke, but wanted to leave an impression. So I went to Trader Joe’s and bought a case of wine. Of course I have been ruthlessly teased ever since. The wedding happened to be at a really nice winery in Napa, and my case of two-buck-chuck showed up very underdressed.
They had a registry, and I probably should have slipped under the radar and went with something on the list. My wife and I also had a registry, so I can’t really wine. In the end, I think the gift giver has the ultimate say. What would the gift receiver appreciate more? It very well may be something off the list – or it could be that something that they didn’t even know they wanted: a few terrible hangovers and an ace in the hole when it comes to teasing a good friend.