Bonsai Blues

Well, well, well, what am I gonna do with a pot of bonsai? I shook my head as I placed the offending object on a foot stall by the door. Guess who sent it to me as a birthday prezzie? My father-in-law! Why bonsai? WHY??

David, my father-in-law, has the annoying habit of sending unwanted gifts. I suspect he tends to overthink when it comes to choosing presents, and as a result, Hubbie and I end up receiving gifts which are totally out of sync. Why can he not give me what I want?! I would rather have a shopping voucher than a bonsai! I may sounds bratty but his idea of what makes a personal gift exciting and clever has never seen eye to eye with mine, and I am increasingly getting annoyed. Every year, Hubbie tries his best to communicate with him about the issue, suggesting him boring gifts such as a voucher or a box of chocolate will be more appropriate. Then, the day arrives with yet another wacky unwanted gift, we both have to throw our hands up in the air. What is wrong with him?!

We always give him what he wants at his birthday and Christmas. Like a vintage Scottish whisky, a case of vintage wine, a voucher for a flight simulator at British Airways, etc, etc…

What is this? Is it my new toy? Is it edible?

Bella seems to be the only one who is interested in the bonsai. Sorry bonsai, but you will have to be taken to Hubbie’s office because I can’t stand looking at you!

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

7 thoughts on “Bonsai Blues

  1. Ah it’s so difficult isn’t it? I’ve had some amazing gifts that were very nice, but in reality I so really needed something else which was far more boring. I guess some people just don’t want to give boring gifts. At least the bonsai was interesting for the dynamic Bella. 😊

    • Hi Agnes. The thing is he never give us anything amazing. He doesn’t understand some gifts had have actually produced a very negative effect. I sometimes wonder if he secretly dislike me or he is clinically deaf. Bella seems to be too interested in the plant. So Paul has evacuated it to a windowsill!😂

      • Over the years I have noticed that quite a few older men, I suppose retired 65 plus, think they have moved with the times, but in reality still just see the world entirely from their own point of view. I suppose they’ve never been challenged to truly stand in somebody else’s shoes. It’s a different generation!

      • That’s it, Agnes! You hit the nail on the head!! He thinks he is so in sync with the rest of world. However, he isn’t unfortunately, and everyone around him is too kind to point it out to him. I’d rather him to keep the money and send me just a card. BTW, the bonsai he sent is an indoor type (some sort of tea tree) and can’t be vanished to Paul’s office. I wasn’t very happy with the idea of having to keep it at home at first. Then, Paul told me the bonsai would produce pretty white bloom in the spring. Let’s see if the plant grows on me…🤔x

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