Wednesday, December 12, 2012

White Elephant Games, Part Two – “There Were No Laughs”

Despite my better judgment, I participated once again in the “game” at my office the next year, and I was actually winning!  I had just scored a beautiful hors d’oeuvres/cheese and cracker tray.  The tray was brown with five different colored dishes on it—a larger square in the middle and then four rectangle-shaped ones around it.  I collect Fiestaware, particularly one dish, bowl, cup, etc. of each color, so the tray was especially perfect and would go with everything in my kitchen.

I was clearly meant to be the rightful owner of this tray—which is exactly what I was trying to explain to the nurse who was stealing it away from me.  I know I sat and pouted [never mind the fact that Santa was watching], and in the moment I didn’t care if I looked like a poor sport.  I was genuinely upset about being separated from something to which I had immediately become attached.

That year I ended up with a “Laugh-A-Day Doctor Humor” daily calendar.  There were no laughs.  The jokes weren’t even funny as flipped through the days.  I lost yet again.

That next week I arrived at my office to a beautifully wrapped box on my desk with a card that simply read “Enjoy”.  I opened the package to find my hors d’oeuvres tray inside!  We were reunited!  I welled up over how generous and thoughtful the nurse had been, and then I immediately felt like the world’s biggest brat about it all.  I will say this—that tray looks fantastic on my table.



6 comments:

  1. That "better not pout" part in the Santa song is crap! Congrats on your win.

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  2. I always feel like the loser at these silly gift exchange games, and I finally felt like I was going to come out on top for a change. Getting my hopes up made it even more difficult to deal with when that tray was torn from my grip.

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  3. i refuse to do them. there's always 2 or 3 'joke' gifts and they make the whole thing not worth it.

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  4. I admittedly take it much more seriously than intended. It's easy to go into it with low expectations and an open mind, but then the portion of me that is still a selfish toddler (roughly 26%) takes over and I see red.

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  5. Be careful with Fiestaware. The old red and orange plates are particularly radioactive. I used to collect them for disposal at Fermilab.

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  6. I believe the first generation blue plates contained cobalt. Thank you for the tip, but I mostly collect the [safe] newer colors. My mother-in-law has some of the first Fiestaware released, but she solely uses it for display in a China cabinet. So beautiful, and so toxic. :)

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