I was reading Dear Abby and started to laugh. Here:
With graduation announcements pouring in every day, I think I have seen a new low.
I actually received a photocopy of a high school graduation announcement. There was no picture, no personal note, just a photocopy folded into a cheap envelope. The "real" ones had been sent to more "important" people.
Should I send the kid a photocopy of a congratulations card and a photocopy of some money? - Flabbergasted in the South
Dear Flabbergasted: If you have not seen the graduate since grammar school and aren't particularly close to the family, just toss it!
We've all gotten those invites that make us tip our heads in misunderstanding. "Hmm. Why exactly was I on the invite list?"
Many years ago, I was invited to a wedding shower for someone that I previously went to church with. We were a small church and I knew the girl, but we had parted churchly ways and I hadn't seen her in years. Unknown to the bride was the fact that I had lost my job and was getting my very little bit on unemployment. I went with a friend, we put a gift together from both of us and that was fine.
A few weeks later, I received an invitation in the mail. It has been an invitation to her wedding-- in Virginia. Inside was a wonky cut strip of paper announcing that everyone had been so generous to them with the bridal showers, so they were requesting cash as a gift so that they would have money to start their lives together.
I sent a congratulatory card. That was it. I acknowledged, but didn't send anything more.
I've just been invited to a graduation party for a young man that I haven't seen since he was three years old. He is not related and is the son of someone who's house I hung out at in college with my ex-fiance. They had invited me to their daughter's graduation a few years back and I sent a gift and an apology for my inability to attend. I think that this year will be a repeat.
A few years back, there was a family shower. This portion of the family is one not often visited with. Nothing wrong with them, just the wedding and funeral visiting with kind of folk. At any rate, there was a family baby shower. Invitations had gone out and I had been asked about my attendance. "What shower?" "Oh, so-and-so is having a shower and you didn't get an invitation?" "Uh, no." "Oh. Even such-and-such who lives out of state was invited." Now, it seemed weird that I wasn't invited since I had just spent quite a lot of time talking with the party giver just the week previous to the invites going out. She ended up seeking me out, talking recipes, about Hubs' job, my job and whatnot. We had decided that since the invite said "Regrets only," that I would not bother to attend or send a gift. It was just so weird, but it wouldn't have been acceptable to phone to ask about the unreceived invite.
Speaking of unreceived invites, we had an incident with our wedding. When my sister was doing my hair for my wedding, the phone rang. It was a previous neighbor that I used to babysit for about 9 years previous. She said that she hadn't received an invitation to my wedding. My sister whispers, "You have to take it!" "No I don't! I can't take it! Just tell her that we didn't receive her RSVP, but just assumed that they were coming and marked them down for two." She told her that and all was well. The neighbor brought her daughter and the world was a happy place.
Why didn't I invite her? Well, for one, I hadn't seen her in a sweet forever. The other? They had folks that rented part of their house. Wherever this particular family went, the odd ball people went with them. They were rude. They were drunks. We didn't want them at the wedding.
Remember the weird wedding invitation to Virginia? Well, it seems as though the old church directory was dusted off again for the baby shower. I went again with the same friend. I don't quite know why I felt obligated to go, but I did. It was fine. I brought something thoughtful, but not overdone.
So, what are weird invite stories that you have? Aw, come on! Share! We all have weird stories!
Smiles in my day:
- Hubs spent all day working on G I Joe toys. I have no idea, but whatever takes him where he needs to go.
- It's my mother-in-law's 65th birthday! They had a nice time going on a trip to the casinos. No, they didn't bring home a million dollars, but they did bring home hundreds of memories!
- Apparently, this is the last week for homework for K-! I'm good with that!
- K- had a solo in the Kindergarten musical today. 2 of the 4 classes put on a musical for the parents and it was wonderful!
Have a great day!