If you have kids, you have them. The Other Family aka your partner’s family (or if you are married the in-laws). Need less to say neither my SO or myself are huge fans of the Other Family. For example, my son’s first birthday came and how they wished him a happy birthday was on Facebook. Facebook!!! Since when has Facebook taken the place of calling, sending cards, or gifts on people’s birthday especially for a one year old. I don’t think that is appropriate at all. My family all gave him presents and a party (yes we did invite them but they all had other things) before we went on our first family vacation for his first birthday. My sister has a knack for things arriving on the day of. Not sure how she does it but I think that is awesome! The Other Family didn’t send anything. Just happy birthday statuses on Facebook. Nothing else. One our son doesn’t even have a Facebook, two we don’t even post photos of him on Facebook to protect him.
Where am I getting here? Well lately the Other Family has been wearing on my partner a lot. We always send cards on Other Family’s birthdays and a gift as well. He is at the point that he doesn’t want to send them anything at all. I don’t blame him. But instead of being “that family” I suggested doing the best idea ever!
Come on, best idea ever right? I give credit to Gives U Can Make for coming up with this awesome idea! The poem reads:
Happy Birthday to My Sister!
This is your Birthday and to show I care,
I wanted to get you something to wear…
I wasn’t sure of your size, and money is tight,
and buying the wrong thing just wouldn’t be right…
So, I’m giving you something I know you can use;
It’s almost as useful as a new pair of shoes.
Now every time you sit to pee,
I know that you will be thinking of me!
So, use this gift to dry your tush,
Then make a wish before you flush.
Obviously you can change sister to fit whomever but is that not the best thing or what? I told my partner and he laughed and laughed. Yes the Other Family can get under your skin and sometimes even deeper but because you share family they will always be there. Even if you want to pull your hair out and they create grays, you have to teach your children to respect them.
Well now I spoiled their birthday presents for next year. Oh well. I’ll think of something else now.
BTW it is all done with humor.