It’s usually very predictable, what I get my dad for gifts.
He likes going to movies, he likes to read. He likes the leisure/sweatsuit look… preferable with a collar that can “pop”.
We’ve gotten him things to fit these well known and comfortable interests…. but this Christmas I went off the map. I strayed from the formula.
I told my sister first, “I got dad a bidet for Christmas.”
I got him other stuff too. The token gift cards for dinner and a movie….an awesome and sentimental collage blanket….couple other small things. And the bidet. We have the same one in a couple of our bathrooms, super easy to install and use.
For some reason I really thought he’d think it was kind of cool, trendy…. finally, a gift he would never guess!
As he opened it, and looked at me with a puzzled frown, I tried to sell him on the finer points.
“You’ll save so much money on toilet paper!”
“It’s really hygienic!…..not that you aren’t hygienic…..er…. I wouldn’t know of course…….”
loss of eye contact.
aaaaand moving on to other gifts…….. bidet sits lonely, possibly wondering why people are revolted at the thought of cleaning their behinds with its superior skills.
Probably didn’t help that I forgot the token movie/dinner gift cards in my car, and they are still sitting on the dash–waiting for their moment of appreciation.
So now dad, who is slightly paranoid, is no doubt wondering if he smells bad, or if I find him dirty, and looking for a hidden meaning behind my well intentioned gift.
I can’t wait to see him again and see if that uncomfortable chuckle keeps happening when we look at each other.
Lesson learned. Never, never buy things for your parents that might give them the impression that you suspect they have dirty butts. Even if you do suspect it…. it can never be mentioned.
Parent/child bond…. traumatized.