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It's over.

September 12th, 2010 at 11:18 am

That is, the shower for my DIL-to-be. It was already stressing me out, and then a disagreement between my two DIL's caused a rift that ended with my other DIL not attending. Some others didn't attend as well -- one because of the rift, and some for other reasons. It was a small group, but it did seem that everyone there had fun.

I spent $114 on it this week, and that didn't count what I spent on the gift, or some of the shopping I did ahead of time last month.

When it came time for the gift opening, my gift was the least expensive -- or certainly the least flamboyant, and I felt bad, even though I had already given in the form of food, etc. I suppose people understood that, but I still felt a little embarrassed. It wasn't a bad gift, either -- a place setting that sold for $60. I guess I'm really getting old. In my day, a nice shower gift was a hand mixer or a set of Tupperware. It just seems that people are crazy spenders these days, all trying to top the other. I can't afford to play that game.

I was so exhausted afterward that I couldn't join the group for the evening bachelorette party, which probably made me seem like even more of an old grump, but I was so drained from the preparations and from all of the emotion beforehand, I just had to bow out.

All evening my injured leg ached so much that it spread to my whole body, and I finally went to sleep after taking a pain pill. (I still have a few saved up).

So, yeah, kind of a downer for me, but I do hope the bride-to-be had a good time. If so, mission accomplished.

5 Responses to “It's over.”

  1. HouseHopeful Says:

    I'm sorry to hear that family drama caused the party to be affected. And its perfectly understandable that the host of a party like that may give a lighter gift, because hosting the event IS a gift in and of itself.

  2. Homebody Says:

    Oh dear,I have daughters so I am used to the drama, but I know it is hard when you are not. I should say it is hard for me too, but with all girls, we get in fights and get over them pretty quickly. I hope your DIL's get over it soon and have an enjoyable wedding.

  3. My English Castle Says:

    Wow--in my day (when dinosaurs roamed the earth), a $60 place setting was a nice wedding present, and we spent $20 or so on a shower gift. You did a great job with the shower itself, and that's such a nice gift in itself.

  4. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Sounds like you did MORE than a fair share for this event. Usually, the mother of the groom gets to attend the shower as a guest!! I sure hope DIL to be was appreciative of all your hard work in making this shower a special one for her!! Also, hopefully no one made judgements on gifts because of how much it cost- afterall, thats so not what a gift is all about...your thoughtfulness is what was important and sounds like you gave freely of that. Your DIL is a lucky girl to have a MIL like you.

  5. CB in the City Says:

    Thanks, all!

    Yes, my DIL was very appreciative, and so was everyone else. As I said, I was just a little embarrassed because the other gifts were so costly -- it was just kind of a surprise.

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