Not five minutes after I found some lovely artwork in ink on my wall, I discovered this broken ornament hidden in a drawer.
“Who did this?” I asked.
“Not me,” they both chimed, looking less than innocent.
Upon further grilling, and without getting either criminal to fess up, I realized that my no-longer-toddler children are actual KIDS who are sneaky and prone to lying.
*Sniff* They are growing up so fast, y’all.
In completely unrelated news, we attended a birthday party on Friday night. The invitation specifically stated, “No gifts, please!” It was even highlighted in neon yellow! I, being a direction follower and all around AWESOME person, did not bring a gift. Several months ago we were invited to a no gifts party, but we were the only people who didn’t bring a gift. I felt like a total jerk as we sat and watched the birthday girl open gift after gift. So this time, I considered bringing a gift as a backup, but thought that surely the first no gift party was a fluke and that people would follow simple directions and not bring gifts this time.
I knew immediately when we walked into the party and I saw the gift table, filled with gifts, that I’d been foiled again! Carson even said, “Mom! You said we weren’t supposed to bring gifts!”
If the party invitation says “No gifts, please,” then why do people still bring gifts? I really don’t think that the request is just an attempt by the party hosts to be polite and not ask for gifts. It seems rude to bring a gift when you’re not asked to because not only are you making the direction followers look like a Jerky McJerkson, you’re putting the party hosts in an awkward position. It’s not like they can say, “Didn’t you read the invitation, jack, NO GIFTS.” Then again, as a party host, if you requested no gifts, then don’t have gift table and gift opening time.
Phew. I just needed to get that off my chest. Please remember this the next time you’re invited to a no gifts party: Make sure you bring a gift. The more you know!