Monday, May 11, 2015

A Present Too Present


The best laid plans of mice and moms often go awry.

My mother is the best. At seventy-five, she's active and happy and (thank the Lord) healthy. She helps other people and loves animals. We get along great and she hemmed eight panels of currents for me when last she visited (and I hate to hem those thermal backed currents...I'd almost let them drag to get out of it...so she's golden).

Getting a Mother's Day gift for her is always tough because I've bought everything under the sun at one time or another. She has a closet full of nice purses that attest to that. In fact, if I see something cute, I don't say, "I want that." I usually say, "That would be cute on Mom."

I hate to buy a gift "just because." Finding the right gift - or at least a unique one - is important. After a couple of weeks of searching, I finally found the perfect gift for her: a freshwater pearl bracelet. She's say it goes with everything, I know how she thinks. 

Note that I'm not afraid to say what it is because my mother doesn't google anything, read my blog, or my email. Ditto for the rest of the world's email. There are not enough passwords in the world to keep that lady online. It's her one weird hurdle she cannot jump over.

By the time I found it, yikes! It was late in the week. I was ordering online, so I paid the big bucks to make sure it got to her on time. At the same time, I'm sending something to Hubzam's mother. Finally, it's all done and I go about my biz.

A day later, I checked my email and found a confirmation. They'd packed the bracelet, wrapped it and sent it on it's way. 

Then I freaked. I'd sent it to my mother...with my address. Do I have to tell you that my mother doesn't live with me? 

This caused a frenzied second purchase with even pricier shipping. 

On Mother's Day, I called and confessed the faux pas. Mom said I could save it for her birthday (which is in July). Then she added "but that might not work; that would mean you'd be sending me two presents."

Does my Mom actually think I've bought her July birthday present already? She's not paying attention to the Mother's Day gift story. 

40 comments:

  1. DOC CHERDO ~
    Looks like the 'Bonehead Blog Hop' was set a week too early.

    I just now added 'SPIKE' to my Spotify music collection and am listening to it now, as I type these words (and while I put together my 5/15 BOTB blog bit). Don't know why I didn't think to do this before. ...Well, yes, actually I do, and it rhymes with "bonehead". ...Oh, wait. Actually... it IS "bonehead". (Let me dangle!)

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. That was EXACTLY what I thought.

      Now I'm excited that you're listening to it! I need to get out more (ha ha). Seriously, Let 'Em Dangle is such a good tune. Tramp the Dirt Down - one of the few political songs I truly dig. God's Comic and Deep Dark Truthful Mirror are the other two that are really in the zone for me.

      When he toured to promote this one, I saw him twice.

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    2. Oh, and THIS TOWN!! Golden.

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    3. I wondered why This Town got skipped. Let 'Em Dangle is a lot of fun if you're wearing boxers...

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  2. That's always the most annoying part about ordering online! Sometimes I get so confused by who it's being sent to because their system is so strange, I just go to a different website.

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    1. Then there's my problem (you know...that I'm an idiot...).

      ;-)

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  3. Some days are just like this ! You can't win.
    Take a deep breath and just laugh there is not much else you can do.
    Plus we have all done something like this.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Yeah, Mom was pretty excited about the chocolate covered strawberries that DID get there. I'm filling a box with extra stuff right now to accompany the intended gift.

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  4. IMHO, Cherdo, for her birthday, copy this story and all the lovely comments that accompany it, and mail it to her. I really consider your life events to be pearls of endearment... your words seeding my life with inspiration...truly all-embracing. (I'll stop.) (smile)

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    1. Dixie, Dixie, Dixie...now I gotta love ya.

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  5. Good morning, dear Cherdo!

    I applaud you for searching for just the right present for your mother. Seems there aren't many people who take the time to carefully select gifts anymore. Most just want to get it over with. I'm sure she will appreciate the gift when it gets to her and already appreciates the care and extra effort that went into finding it.

    Maybe it's a good thing your mother doesn't read your blog. She would probably send you to your room w/o dinner or even ground you for life for hanging out with the wrong crowd, undesirables like Stephen, Janie and Shadzilla.

    I have an appointment in another city this morning so I need to get on my way. I wish you a very happy day and a wonderful week ahead, dear friend Cherdo!

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    1. Many times, my mother has told me how she realizes how much time I take to find something that fits her personality or taste. When you are appreciated, it fuels you. You want to do better next time and so it goes. I'm a geezer and I'm still trying to top the last one (not monetarily).

      My Mom would fit right in with our crowd.

      Get out the door and scoot, brother! I don't want you rushing and causing a heat soaked Florida pile up. That can't smell good.

      Have a great day, Shadster!

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  6. It's good that mothers are understanding. Great story!

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    1. Danke, EPT - moms are like that, aren't they?

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  7. My mother would be just as gracious, and confused. she's right about pearls though. I'm so glad I discovered them a few years ago. Old reliable!

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    1. It's great to have a go-to gift that works. Pearls are definitely it and I particularly love the freshwater variety.

      Have a great day, Anna!

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  8. Bummer you sent it to yourself! Moms can be so understanding.

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    1. She loved the high dollar chocolate covered strawberries (gift #2).

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  9. At least you found the right gift, dumb shipping can screw us over every time, even with a little help from the wrong details inputted lol

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    1. I wish I could say I did it correctly. I'd love to blame someone else (ha ha).

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  10. So are you going to keep it for her? Usually when we buy something, it's something we would like for ourselves....soooooo maybe you just need to wear it to remind you of her. Fun story.

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    1. No, I'm going to put it in a box with other trinkets she'll like. Believe it or not, I'm mailing her my sewing machine (true story). She loved it when she was here and kept commenting how she hated her new one. I can't find one just like it, so I'm giving her mine. I've wanted a serger...this is the perfect excuse to get one and it will make her happy.

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  11. What a nice gift!! I know moms can be hard to buy for. Mom got a box of treats (pecan pralines from her favorite restaurant), house slippers and flip flops, and a cd of her favorite band. She lives in Montana so I had to send it 2 weeks ago because you never know when she will get it.

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    1. Your Mom made out like a bandit - what a sweet daughter!

      Okay, because you said Montana, I have to ask if she lives waaaaaaaay out in the country?

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  12. Did I read this correctly? You sent a bracelet to you (with mom's name on it) and then another to her (after you realized the goof)? If so, that means you now have matching bracelets. That's kinda cool.

    That final comment by your mom made me laugh. Nope. She's not paying attention!

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    1. I sent a bracelet I had gotten her to me; I put her name and then absentmindedly put my address on the order. By the time I realized it (when I go the confirmation that it had shipped), it was too late. Quickly, I paid the big bucks to overnight chocolate covered strawberries.

      I could be smart instead of broke - that's the morale to this story.

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  13. I've done that, too. It doesn't work well because once the gift is in my house, then I don't want to give it up.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I also had it wrapped, so I can resist...since I can't see it now.

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  14. I'm seldom happy with things i order online, but I'm sure your mom will love the bracelet, whenever she gets it.

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    1. I've been pretty lucky, but I always use the site myself first before I order for someone else. I stick to a few companies I trust.

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  15. What I love is that your mom is expecting 2 gifts:) I am so glad to read how great your mom is and you must cherish that every day:) I have ordered only a couple of things on line and don't really like it so i am with your mom on that one-hahahaaa. I like the old fashioned way. I had to snicker at what Stephen wrote about the Bonehead timing:)

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    1. I hate to admit that Stephen is right...but Stephen is right.

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  16. I just assumed you'd bought all our presents already. I've got your's. It's right .... around ...... here............ somewhere.

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    1. Yep...I'm tapping my foot, arms crossed...give it up.

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  17. I bet your mom enjoys whatever you get whenever you get it there. I'd enjoy giving my mom a gift, but the postage to heaven is ridiculous.

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    1. There's a sad little wisdom to that statement, Chris! ;-)

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  18. As my wife says, no good deed goes unpunished.

    A belated happy Mother's Day to you, Cherdo!

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  19. How far away do you live from your mother? In Australia we move out, but we're usually still within driving distance...

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo