Let’s see…I’ve been married about oh, 2.5 years now. Which means my bridal showers were approximately 3 years ago.
Ok, so 3 years ago, I had a bridal shower. I had three, actually, but that’s not important to this story. At one of these bridal showers, I received a gift from a relative – not sure which one anymore – but when I unwrapped it, it was a giant box of 40 Rubbermaid containers. It was a wonderful gift and entirely practical for a new bride-to-be. Not having an immediate use for them though, as I already had more than enough food storage containers in my cabinets, I put it away in a closet to be used when all of my current storage containers would mysteriously disappear. I don’t know where they go, but they do disappear. Kind of like socks. And money. And cookies. Anyway, one year, I found my box of Rubbermaid containers and considered giving it to one of my cousins for Xmas since she had just moved into her first place. At the last minute I decided against the regifting and shoved the box back in my closet.
Well, it’s been three years since I received this gift and today was finally the day that I decided I had lost enough food storage containers and was in desperate need of something plasticy to store something liquidy. I ran to the closet, grabbed the nearst pair of scissors and sliced open the box. Only, I did not find 40 Rubbermaid containers inside. I found a box full of crumpled paper towels. I picked one up, unwrapped it, and found a martini glass with a long stem but no base. Kind of like these, but not as colorful:
Now, some might consider it a “SCORE!” kind of moment, but not me, and not when I’m rushing before work to find something plasticy to store something liquidy. The worst part was when I went to grab the larger paper-towel wrapped piece, I felt it break off into pieces. That’s right, the entire base that keeps all of these glasses from tipping over is broken, shattered, and completely destroyed. Perhaps it wasn’t such a good idea to give someone such a breakable gift in a box that essentially says “indestructible!”.
The funniest and yet strangest part of all of this is that this was one of TWO boxes of Rubbermaid that I received at my bridal showers. I returned the second one to Target. I hope someone else didn’t buy it and find embroidered dish towels instead.