- Holidays and Celebrations
Baby Shower Gift Giving Down Memory Lane
Kim's Baby Shower Saga
My double and well meaning gift story
As some of you know that have read my work, you notice I have a unique sense of humor. Some would even call me a bit of a prankster in real life. I just say I'm a writer at heart and that for me everything has meaning and value. For some a simple gift is what it is, a gift for me everything should have meaning. Maybe the meaning is not obvious and attached to the gift is a stroll down memory lane. If I give a gift best believe it has a double meaning. It will in actually be the gift that it is, but there 9 times out of 10 is a story behind the gift there is a connection between you and the gift I so cleverly chose. On a side note remember its the thought that counts, guess that’s to my credit also, because I had you in mind when I thought up this gift.
So now the story unfolds. Today actually, my older cousin Kimberly had her first baby shower for her first child. The reason why I clarify this is because some women have a show every time they pop one out. Traditionally it is done for the first child in most circles. Well, she wanted until her mid-thirties, which I commend her own very responsible.
So we are playing all the shower games. People are really excited, laughter and love floating and filling literally every corner of the place. There is game after game, one of which the game judge mispronounces onesie as onecee. The room erupts in laughter as she excuses her mistake its been quite a while since she had a baby. My cousin throws me a devilish smirk. I grin. She says, Brittany leave it alone we get into so much trouble sitting beside one another.
Needless to say we sniffed fake poopy diaper to guess if it was snickers, kit Kat, Hershey, etc. So finally gift giving time. She moves her seven month pleasantly plump pregnant body over to the gift area in her cute maternity wear. She is announcing each gift and thanking the person who gives it and explaining what it is. She comes to my gift which I coordinated with the invitation. (I'm that kind of girl, lol.) She says, "Oh, its a baby mirror." (I smile devilishly knowing what the true meaning is behind the gift.) She thanks us for the present and card.
Nah, too easy I thought, it is my duty as the giver to explain the gift, so after all the gifts have been given I decide to go over to her and explain my gift. Now this is when the past comes back. I remember my mother telling me how when my cousin was a little girl somehow she managed to fall out of the car and her mom didn't notice. So, her mom was driving off and baby Kim jumped up about five and ran after the car yelling, "Mommy wait don't forget me!"
This is a story we laughed silly to as my mom routinely told every year since I could remember. So I explained the gift saying that this gift is so your baby doesn't fall and you don't notice, with this mirror you can keep an eye on him and he doesn't have to chase your car down.
I asked her mother if she remembered as well as her two sister and they all did. Her youngest sister said yes we are going to laugh hard off this tonight. I saw it as my duty to provide her with a well-meaning gift and since she was very important to my mom that died. It was my job to give her a gift that my mom definitely would have got a kick out of. Mom passed the story to me and I gave it back to her and now she has a tangle reminder of her traumatic experience that she will not be repeating with her son. I think I heard a chuckle from heaven, it would have been Mom saying, "Only, Brittany can turn a story into a gift."
My only advice is when giving a gift at a baby shower or any event make it a memorable and take the time to put thought into it, so that it can become a memory that can be treasured.