Every year, our families ask for Christmas lists for the kids. I always have a few items written down to dispense upon request, but I never just give out the list. I know times are hard and I don't expect anything from anyone. If requested, I will provide a list.
My sister-in-law emailed me the other day requesting a list for both kids. I complied by suggesting a DS game for Little Ricky and a tutu and/or ballet slippers for Sprout. I thought those were reasonable suggestions. A few days later, she called and spoke to my husband and suggested she get those items AND a trampoline for the kids.
Now, we go through this EVERY CHRISTMAS. EVERY FLIPPING YEAR SHE WANTS TO BUY THEM A TRAMPOLINE AND EVERY YEAR I REMIND HER THAT OUR YARD IS TOO SMALL TO ACCOMODATE ONE. It's like she doesn't believe me (and she's seen our yard). And then, to further drive the point home, I also tell her ( EVERY DAMNED YEAR) that while it might be warm where she is almost year-round, here, they would not be able to play with the trampoline until at the very earliest March, but most likely, April. Who wants a Christmas gift they can't play with for three months?
I was not home, so Ricky told her he would talk to me about it. Just like he does EVERY YEAR because he doesn't want to be the one to fight with her, leaving it up to me to look like I just don't want to let her get a trampoline. Fuck. I am sick of this shit!
So, I politely called her and reminded her (ONE MORE TIME) that it would not fit in the yard and even if it did, they couldn't play with it until spring.. blah blah blah. So, she asked me to come up with something equivalent because she wanted to get them a joint big gift in addition to their small gifts. I said I would think about it and let her know.
The next day, I emailed her and told her that the television in Noah's room has finally died, and perhaps she could get him a little 19" flat screen tv because they can be purchased for about the same price as a trampoline. She agreed and hung up.
She called back last night because she knew my husband was home and she spoke to him. He said she is going to send US the money to pick out the television (more work for us- YAY) and then began to complain about how her husband didn't work for six months and although he is working now, money is really tight. Then, she implied that I was asking too much but she would send us the money anyway. HOLY SHIT! I didn't ask for A SINGLE THING. She asked ME what to get and I suggested small things.... and she was unhappy with that, so I suggested something bigger. GODDAMMIT I cannot fucking win! And I don't know why this shocks me because we have been married twelve years and I have never been able to make her happy. Someday I will have to tell you the story about how she made our wedding miserable and managed to make it all about HER and was successful in focusing all the attention on herself for the rehearsal dinner and the reception.
But, for now.. Happy Holidays... I can't fucking wait.