Sunday, February 8, 2009

We Ain't Ones to Look A Gift Horse in the Mouth or Anything

So, as our Christmas season ramped up to it's max Christmas-Morning-Celebrate-a-Thon, we wanted to do a little giving around the neighborhood. Nothing much, just the usual Mormon culture influenced plate-o-goodies: a few iced sugar cookies, a couple rice crispy treats, some no fail ginger snaps, a scoop of bright colored Christmas candies and two to three cookie airplane treats that needed to be explained upon delivery because they could have easily been mistaken for a number of other things--namely a cigar with a peice of gum strapped to it.


Due to the fact that it is nigh unto impossible for a mother of 3 INTENSLY curious and helpful children--and a very grabby baby--to put together a plate of cookies that have not: been licked, been sneezed on, or been touched by dirty hands that were just licked or sneezed on; and that does not contain: sand, half of a container of sprinkles, or the contents of someones pocket, we kept the list down to a handful of neighbors so mom could stay vigilant over the goodies until they were safe in the neighbors home for consumption/discard as they so chose (it's totally the thought that counts).

Well, delivery proved to be fun for all of us and the neighbors appeared grateful for our humble offering. But little did we know how grateful and generous one cute little family from across the cul-de-sac really was. Upon returning home from our post-Christmas-wedding-snow-extravaganza a week into January the mother and daughter of the family slipped by with a little card. We invited them in and chatted for a while and they explained that they had tried to bring this by before but we were gone. We, of course, thanked them and opened the card later to find this:




Super nice right? Super, super nice and thoughtful, but the front of the card looked like this:



As you may have guessed by the title of this blog, they made a little mistake on our last name. Regift? We wouldn't mind, but we prefer to chalk it up to Jared's name being mistaken for Jerry, then being mistaken for his last name. It's happened before (to someone probably). We didn't let it bother us much last week as we went for the appetizer combo, lasagna plate, seafood pasta, and one kiddie meal to share between the 4 kids (it's not our fault the kids refuse to eat at restaurants). We would, however, enjoy some advice on how to break the name mistake to the neighbors sweetly so we can stay on their Christmas list for next year. Please comment with some great ideas for us!

10 comments:

jhoopes said...

That is pretty funny!! :) But wow--what a nice gift!! Write them a thank you note and say, LOVE THE PARKERS ;)

Amy Lindstrom said...

Well I was going to say it is time for an enormous name plate on the front door, but I like the thank you note idea better. Hand delivered should do the trick.

Spencer King said...

I say change your name to 'Jerrys'. Or, maybe they'll come across your blog and read the story. That would probably work to. Or just let them call you the 'Jerrys' until you have to give a talk in church and they'll be like, "Oh man! We've been calling them the Jerrys!"

Sarahp said...

That is a good idea Spencer, but the problem is that they don't go to church with us, so if we pretend we're the Jerry's now, then invite them to church in the future they are gonna be like "wellllllll, we couldn't trust you about your name, so who knows what kind of line you are throwing us this time." Tough one.

Kerri said...

That is hilarious! When we got married, someone gave us an engraved Hymn book. It was a nice gesture except that it is engraved with Arthur's middle name instead of our last name! So, it says, "The Hung-yi Family" (in very nice script, I might add)!

Candice Carter said...

That's classic.. I would go with the thank you card idea.

jordan said...

it's the thought that counts right? i'll respond to pretty much anything for a free dinner!

jordan said...

it's the thought that counts right? i'll respond to pretty much anything for a free dinner!

HAdams said...

Yes, the thank you is definitely the way to go, although I am partial to the idea of taking over another plate of cookies, all while wearing a "Hello My Name Is" tag on your shirt.

Hules said...

Oh, Jerry's, Parkers... That's what comes from having names that could be first or last names. We respond every time we hear the name "Hunter" only to turn around & see the little boy they're calling. I had an uncle who received reversed mail all the time for him... instead of Warren Ricks it was always addressed to Rick Warren. That's a nice gift though. I agree with the others, Just take over a Thank You card with your correct names on it.

By the way, all of your Christmas photos are absolutely adorable! What cute kids you have!

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