Reverb 16 | Prompt 27 | Gifts

Sarah and Kim have been sharing Reverb prompts and  Meredith and I are back in the saddle.  Because writing can be fun.  And we all have a lot to say.  Join us.

Gifts.  Sometimes we get gifts that we don’t want or need.  Are you honest with the person who gave it to you?  Or do your gift givers follow a tried-and-true wish list?  If you’re returning a gift this season, what is it and why?

Here’s the thing.

I do not come from a family of wild gift givers.  My Grandma Juaine was probably the most esoteric, yet passionate gift giver.  Her greatest hits including giving middle school-aged me an opera tape, my brother Billy a Power Ranger and my cousin Pete a ladies’ windbreaker.  These gifts were always accompanied by envelopes containing checks.  It was interesting, to be sure.  My cousins and I still laugh so hard we cry when we recall these Christmas scenes because every year it was something new and unpredictable.

I don’t know about you, but as an anxious gift-giver, whenever someone is opening something that I have given them, I am watching them Like A Hawk, waiting on pins and needles, hoping that they love it and if they don’t love it that they at least like it.

Anyone else here?

So I like to think that when I open gifts, hardened by years of training opening Grandma Juaine’s presents, I am able to apply the same level of enthusiasm that I hope to see in others.  That is to say, that I am an Expert Level Present-Facer.

If the gift isn’t perfect?  I hope you will never ever know.

In my linen closet, I have a gift basket that is (primarily) composed of candles and then an odd assortment of Things I Have Received That Were Nice But Not Quite Right For Me.  When Occasions pop up, more often than not I go through that gift basket first to see if some or all of the applicable gift exists in there and if it doesn’t (or it’s not quite enough!) I head out to complete it.

And if it’s just absolutely the wrong thing in every way?  I donate it without batting an eye.  There is surely someone else who needs it more.  I surely do not need more clutter in my house.

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