Los Angeles, CA
I surprised my mother with tulips and she was thrilled. She even liked the vase. I thought she was gonna be pissed that I went cheap on her this year. I gave her an expensive birthday present -- silver. So I decided I didn't have to splurge for Mother's Day. But even after I ordered the flowers, I felt a bit guilty about being cheap with just flowers.
Then it hit me... the fan.
Not just any fan, and industrial fan. I had already purchased my mother a gift when I was in NYC in March. She had seen an industrial-sized fan in the neighborhood liquor store and the owner told her where he purchased it. So, being the good son that I am, I bought her the same exact fan. Why she wanted an industrial strength fan for a NYC apartment is beyond me, especially because she has an air conditioner.
But yeah, that's just one of the quirky things about my family.