The five stages of gift-giving grief as typified in unnamed older relative (UOR) behavior upon relinquishment of presenter/presentee rights within standard environments. Median age of subjects is 65.
Denial – “We can’t bring gifts? I don’t remember you saying not to bring him presents! You never said that!”
Anger – “But it’s Easter! You can’t count Easter! It is my RIGHT as a UOR to buy him toys if I want to! That’s my job! What do you mean not every holiday needs gifts?!”
Bargaining – “Well, this is just a small thing and it’s not really a toy. This will be the last one. I swear. Nothing until July. I swear.”
Depression – “They make him so happy… what am I supposed to do now?”
Acceptance – “OK, fine, we’ll put it back in the car before he notices.”
After standing firm with the early morning smackdown, (totally taking it for the team by being the bad guy, I might add,) I’m still left with one question… what the hell is in July?
(See that face? That is the face of kid who is happy with gummi's and a couple of matchbox cars. I'm just saying.)
Happy Easter everyone!
– the weirdgirl