Baby Showers and greedy relatives
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|Sat, 05-03-2003 - 7:21pm|
About a week letter I received my invitation in the mail and I instantly regretted my decision and purchases. Included on the reverse of the invitation was a "wish list" detailing EXACTLY what it was that she wanted (down to the brand of the baby shampoo). I thought it was a little tacky, but as it is her first kid I thought I'd let it slide. I turned the invitation over again just to check the time so I could mark it in my diary when my eye caught a sentence I'd missed the first time around. It said "Please include $10 in your card with your well wishes for the new parents." Okay, now I got really annoyed and phoned my mom to ask her what she thought about it. She said it was probably to pay for refreshments or something and asked me not to make a big deal out of it.
Then it was my moms birthday 2 weeks ago and my aunt and cousin were there. I'd baked a carrot cake (my moms favorite) and my mom had baked her famous chocolate cake. Aunt and cousin rave about the cakes. The next day my mom phones me to ask if she can borrow my large cake tin because my aunt had asked her to bake a chocolate cake for the shower. I just about flipped then because my aunt had asked me to bake a carrot cake for the shower as well!!! So not only do they expect very specific (and expensive) gifts, we have to give them $10 and my mom and I are basically supplying the refreshments!! I asked my aunt how many people would be going so I would know how big the cake would have to be and how many slices I'd have to cut and she said there were 42 people confirmed!! So at $10/person thats $420 plus gifts plus free refreshments!!
I know its her first kid and my aunts first grandchild, but really. I am so offended by their behavior, I don't even want to attend the shower anymore. But I've already bought the gifts, confirmed and promised to bake a cake. And to top it off, her shower is the day before mothers day so i won't even have a chance to bake another cake for my mom to celebrate her motherhood and I know my DB and SIL wont bother with anything because they will be spending the day with her family. (An entirely different story which I'm in the mood to sare, so watch out for my other posts.)
I just can't believe how inconsiderate and greedy my family is.