Dear Abby....

A reader sent this to us and we just had to share....

DEAR ABBY: A friend and I attended a bridal shower of a friend's daughter. After the young woman opened her gifts, we were escorted to another room where blank note cards were strewn on a coffee table, surrounded by envelopes and stamps. The hostess instructed us to write on these folded cards our names and what we had given the bride-to-be.
The hostess told us to write: "Dear Mary (using our own names, of course), Thank you for the nice afghan" (or whatever we had given), and place the card in one of the envelopes. We were then told to address and stamp the envelopes, but not to seal them so (I assume) the "too busy" bride-to-be could sign her name.
As I foolishly followed these ridiculous instructions, I was tempted to thank myself for the 30-minute drive I had made in each direction to purchase a gift, and the 45-minute drive I made to attend the shower.
How stupid are we going to feel when the "thank-yous," in our own handwriting, show up in the mail? My son says I should refuse the letter.
And do you want to know the "topper"? I asked the bride-to-be before leaving when her wedding was. Get this -- it's in two days. I am not even invited to the wedding!
What's wrong with this generation? Please shed some light on this. Thanks, Abby. I feel better now that I've vented -- stupid, but better. -- FEELING USED IN KANSAS


DEAR FEELING USED: Nothing is wrong with "this generation." What you have described is a family that never learned basic good manners. Rather than an "afghan" -- or whatever your gift was -- the bride-to-be would have been better served to have received a book on etiquette.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

annabelle said...

Are you sure this wasn't the Dear Abby post for April Fools? I can't even get my head around who would EVER think of doing such a thing. It's not just rude it...defies logic. I don't know what else to say.

teaorwine said...

Seems foolish and laughable to me.

Although, I have received inside a wedding invitation, a list of where the bride and groom have registered. Also, laughable and foolish. :/

annabelle said...

LG, get thee here: http://beachbungalow8.blogspot.com/2008/04/madeline-weinrib-sample-sale.html
this weekend.

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, Ann- thanks for the info!- Lauren

Anonymous said...

You know, I would have been tempted to, very quietly, pick up my gift and leave.

Susan D. said...

That is AWFUL. I've heard of asking people to write in mailing addresses on envelopes, which even if you ask me is a bit much. Come on, they were invited to the party, so don't you have their address?