My husband and daughter surprised me with a new iPad for Mother’s Day.
I really was surprised because I have never asked for one. Apparently, my husband picked up on this gift idea because a while back, being the non-geek that I am, I had asked him what an IPad was (because I truly had no idea!) and he perceived that innocent question as a hint on my part. I must say that I am impressed that Chris tucked this information away for the purpose of future gift giving but unfortunately, he picked up on the wrong vibe!
When I found the gift, (Chris had hid it in the cereal cupboard, along with a beautiful card) this is exactly what went through my head – “Why in the world did they spend so much money on something I don’t want?” I tried my best to act excited about the gift but from the moment, I opened it, I began to feel “burdened” – that’s the only word I can come up with to express my feelings. I had received a gift that he was excited about and that I felt pressured to learn how to use. I have a beautiful Mac laptop and that’s all I need. Multiple electronic devices freak me out.
I know – I’m old.
Now, before you all think, “you ungrateful person, you,” let me explain.
THIS is what I wanted for Mother’s Day – a funky bird feeder for my front lawn so I can look out my kitchen window and enjoy all the activity. This is Chris’ cousin’s bird feeder and I love it.
Actually, I just wanted the starters’ kit – this stuff isn’t cheap so I wanted to start small and build onto the system over time. But I got an iPad instead.
Quite the dilemma…
Recently, my oldest daughter taught me an invaluable lesson about gift giving and now I REALLY understand what she was talking about – it’s important to listen and watch people so that you know who they are and can give them creative and thoughtful gifts that they really want…NOT what you want to give them but what they would like.
I know many people who would greatly appreciate an iPad. When I called the store to ask about their return policy, the young man asked me why I wanted to return it. When I told him that “I just don’t want one,” there was this awkward silence for a few seconds and then he replied, “Whoa….I’ve never heard that reason before.” All I could say was, “Yah…I’m odd.”
Of course, I ho-ed and hummed for a few days before I talked with Chris and Danae because I didn’t want to upset them. They were both a bit disappointed but thankfully, they understood and were very gracious about the whole situation.
Chris is returning the iPad and we’re now looking for bird feeders.
I’m relieved – Owning a BlackBerry and a Mac are quite enough for me.