Thought of the week

Hi Lili

Now you've really started something! I am sure there are millions and trillions of women (like me) out there who have had "the worst gift ever" if not several times in their lives, but at least once.

In my case, my poor hubby has never lived it down...

You see, to cut a very long story short here (as you don't like all the boring stuff) I was a widow with five children when I married my poor unsuspecting and very eager to please new husband.

Well, of course gift time comes along (it was our first Christmas I believe) and he wanted to buy me something useful. So off he toddles to the stores.

Believe me when I say that Potgietersrus (Mokopane now) in those days had very very little to choose from in that line. He finally decided on a potato chipper.

It was duly presented on the day with a big hopeful grin and so of course I "oohed" and "aahed" appropriately while resolving to drop copious timely hints about perfume and jewellery well before the next occasion warranted it.

During the following week I obviously had to make use of this contraption. Okay, lets be fair here, it wasn't such a bad idea really as I had a lot of slicing and chopping to do feeding a growing family that were particularly fond of chips.

Anyway, hubby is hovering to see how well his gift works and on the very first potato the whole thing buckles and breaks apart. Either they were really, really hard potatoes, or...

Next day off he goes back to the store with the mangled remains of his precious gift only to find they don't do replacements, but "yes, he can use the refund for something else"

Needless to say, eldest daughter was mighty chuffed with her radio. And I am still chopping my chips with a good old fashioned sharp knife. When I'm not buying those fabulous inventions called frozen oven chips, that is!

Giftedly yours,
Julie

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