My blog turned 2 years old the other day.
I can’t believe I’ve kept it going this long. I never keep anything going that long.
I have wondered why I do it, what is it for, who is it for?
It’s for me.
It must be, because you cant keep doing something for two years for someone else.
Maybe a year at best, but not for two years.
I know that lots of people say they blog because it’s a good place to share what’s happening in their lives with out of town family…not me.
I’ve never shared my blog with my family. The reason?
This is where I get to vent, and sometimes that includes them.
And today I have a vent.
And I’m afraid it’s a long vent so hang in there if you dare....
Lets say I have a friend.
And my friend has a brother.
Her brother has two daughters. We’ll call them daughters’ number 1 & 2
He is divorced from their mother and remarried a woman who had two daughters.
We’ll call them daughters’ number 3 & 4.
You still with me?
Daughter numbers 1 & 2 announced they were pregnant this year.
Daughter number 1 got married in March…then got pregnant almost immediately thereafter.
Daughter number 2 just got pregnant, not yet married.
Daughter number 1 had a wedding shower in March, which my friend went to, and then she had a wedding a week after, which my friend went to.
My friend brought lovely gifts to both events….
Unfortunately 5 months later, she has still not received a thank you card for either gift given to daughter #1.
Nor did she receive a thank you when she saw daughter number 1 at a wedding shower thrown for daughter #3 a few weeks ago.
Daughter # 3 is getting married in August. My friend received a thank you card within a week after her wedding shower.
So then daughter # 2 had a baby shower.
My friend did not attend because she was on vacation.
She did not send a shower gift because the shower invitation arrived after she had already left for her vacation…they were mailed only a week before the shower…
My friend has not yet decided if she will mail a shower gift to daughter #2 now that she is home from vacation.
Yesterday in the mail another shower invitation arrives for daughter number 1…this time a baby shower that will be held in September AND it is a potluck shower.
The shower invitation requests that my friend bring a dessert to the baby shower. To add insult to injury, the date of the baby shower happens to fall right on my friends wedding anniversary.
Not only am I (oops) is my friend upset about buying daughter #1 a third gift within 8 months, and she still has not received a thank you for the previous two gifts, but she’s asked to attend another function AND to bring a DESSERT!
Isn’t a cake usually the main part of a baby shower?
So, what is your advice for my friend?
Should she just suck it up, buy a cake and a gift and smile … keep the peace in the family?
Or should she go all out, show up with a baby shower cake (to make it known this should have been provided by the hostess)…and another gift ?
Or should my friend call her SIL and brother and ask them if they’ve lost their freakin' minds????
eta: I just wanted to add that although I do understand that people dont always send thank you's for birthday gifts, sending them out for wedding and shower gifts is a must.
There is no excuse for not doing it.