- 5 years ago
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
My cousin, whose 18th birthday was a few days ago, has been acting very selfish and “gimme gimme” lately. For example, she will be moving about 5 hours away from hom after she graduates high school, and she has advertised (on Facebook) that her graduation party in June is also going to be her “going away” party- complete with registry info for “housewarming!”
Also, she posted (again, on Facebook) the other day :
Yes, I (and other relatives, who are mostly located out of state, now), should have probably told her happy birthday. But we all have our own stuff going on, she really shouldn’t read so much into it. But posting about it on Facebook (where we are all friends with her) is just over the line.
Again, these are just a couple of examples.
So after I read this and remembering her advertisement of registry info (for some very pricey stuff, too, not “basics” for a new college kid), I felt I’d had enough.
I immediately ordered a copy of Emily Post’s “Etiquette” to be shipped to her as a gift with the message of “Happy Birthday, [cousin]!”. I asked Barnes and Noble if it would be anonymous if I didn’t write my name in the gift message area (since they hide billing info for gift shipping), and they said yes, but I’m not so sure it will be. But I’ve decided I don’t care. If she or her mom gets upset, I have a perfectly reasonable defense- she’s a woman now, so I thought I’d sned her a gift about dealing with the real world.
What do you think? Did I go over the line in the heat of the moment?