Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Irony thy name is family

So I come home today and I find an Amazon box. It wasn't my Heart Monitor I had ordered for running as that just shipped, so I knew it was either a mistake or a gift. Well, it was a gift either way. It was a gift. A book. From my Dad and step-mother, Susan. The book is called Walking on Eggshells: Navigating the Delicate Relationship between Adult Children and Parents. That's fine. Parents send their kids books all the time. The book apparently has gotten good reviews.

It was the note that they wrote in the text box that came written on the packing slip. (Clears throat)

Susan met Isay yesterday
(the author) and thought she was so good that we are giving this to some of our friends who have real issues, but thought we could all learn something. Love, J&S

Okay, so it's obvious that this book was sent as a gift to more than just me. I don't know much about this whole family psychology thing, but something tells me that if you're sending a book like this to your adult children you probably don't want to tell them you're doing it because they have "real issues." But that's just me.

It did make for a good laugh. And yes, I'll read the book. Hope everyone's Wednesday is going swimmingly.

7 comments:

malkah said...

we got one too! same note:)

maikib said...

WWMCD?

Anonymous said...

Talk about the ones with issues. . . .-RMC

SaM said...

My parents purchased me "WHERE THERE IS A WILL, THERE IS AN A!" Great book, it improved my GPA from 1.2 to 1.7! AWESOME!

waka said...

Yeah, once a camp counselor gave me a book called "Learning to be Happy." I was 11 at the time.

Anonymous said...

OK, you knuckleheads. I don't take responsibility for the accompanying note...but what I can tell you is why I found the book provocative. It basically tells why parents of adult children so frequently do a lousy job of sustaining their relationships with their kinds when the kids, too, are adults. So I was hoping you guys would read the book and be able to fill us in on what we (the parents) are getting wrong...so we can fix it. (As Ross indicates in his comment, seems you guys DO feel we're getting stuff wrong, so let us know.) Wasn't thinking of it the other way around. Susan

Anonymous said...

OK, you knuckleheads. I don't take responsibility for the accompanying note...but what I can tell you is why I found the book provocative. It basically tells why parents of adult children so frequently do a lousy job of sustaining their relationships with their kids when the kids, too, are adults. So I was hoping you guys would read the book and be able to fill us in on what we (the parents) are getting wrong...so we can fix it. (As Ross indicates in his comment, seems you guys DO feel we're getting stuff wrong, so let us know.) Wasn't thinking of it the other way around.