I’ve mentioned my brother once or twice; he and I don’t get along. I was hoping that I’d be able to be a bad influence on his kids, but that hasn’t entirely worked out. I used to get them birthday and Channukah presents, but gave up on that after my niece (the older of the two) stiffed me on a thank-you note once too often. Kind of a bummer that her brother, who was better about it, got tarred with the same brush, but it seemed unfair to get one presents and the other not. And it’s not like I knew these kids well enough to get them anything other than gift certificates anyway.
So, recently my niece graduated from high school; an event followed about a week and a half later by her 18th birthday. I figured, okay, even I can’t ignore this, so I got her a $100 Amazon gift certificate.
This morning, it being a week later, I inquired of her mother (my SIL) whether this had been received, or if I should follow up with Amazon.
A mere hour later, I got the following effusive email from my niece:
I esp. like the use of her last initial – since I have so many nieces named Leah, I’m never clear whether its the one who shares a surname or not. :rolleyes:
This was four hours ago and I’m still moderately pissed about it.