My first bridal shower gift arrived in the mail yesterday.
I came home from work, and espied two packages along with a pile of mail on the kitchen counter. Before I even fed the very noisy cat I tore into the packages. The first was bow ties for two of my nephews to wear in my wedding. (They aren't quite the right color, so I may return them. Or I may not care. Still deciding.)
I then turned to a small square box, trying to remember what I had ordered from Amazon.com that would be in this shape. As I sliced the white paper packing tape that sealed the box shut I realized it wasn't from Amazon.com, but rather Crate and Barrel.
I stopped what I was doing, feeling confused. "What did I order from Crate and Barrel?" I thought. I drew a blank.
And then it dawned on me.
It was a bridal shower gift.
I knew BMG's godmother was embarrassed that she had not yet given us an engagement gift. Even though I told her it was 100% fine for her to wrap up an unused tension shower curtain rod. (We need one, she has one, voila! Present!) But, knowing the godmother was asking about our registry, and thinking she might be of the generation that believes regifting isn't appropriate for engagement gifts, I thought the box was from her.
As I broke into the box, I discovered a tiny note card. In it was a kind note, not from BMG's godmother, but from the wife of one of BMG's friend who will be invited to our August nuptials. I've never met Mrs. Friend, but she sent a lovely gift and an even lovelier note.
The process of showering me and BMG with love and stuff has begun. I'm feeling excited. And grateful.