Hubby has an old friend from high school days. He is very intelligent, well-traveled, speaks about seven languages fluently and a few more passably, is a walking historical encyclopedia and hubby finds him interesting to talk with and likes that he is an old friend from bygone years. I have found friend to be rude and sharp-edged for most of the many years that I’ve known him. Friend used to come over to our house for dinner maybe once or twice a month about a dozen years ago. I knew not to serve him broccoli or chicken. Why? Because, once when I served those items, he told me that he didn’t like chicken and preferred beef and that he really disliked broccoli. He still ate dinner at our house after that and I was accommodating regarding his menu preferences, but because of things like that, friend is not one of my favorite people and hubby knows it. When friend stopped eating dinner at our house, that was fine with me.
For the most part, hubby and friend generally socialized together without my involvement over recent years, though I probably saw him about once or twice a year when our family would meet him for lunch or to go to Church and then lunch. Anyway, friend got married and they had a child a few years ago. Now, instead of the men socializing together, it has become more routine for our family to socialize with friend’s family a few times a year. That is okay because his wife is sweet and his sharp edges seem to have smoothed quite a bit and their little girl is cute, if a bit indulged. But, he still aggravates me with his rudeness. He called last night, so I am here venting to keep the peace instead of talking to hubby about his friend.
Friend called to invite our family to his daughter’s birthday party in a few weeks. Friend told hubby that if we bring a gift, we should not bring any toys or “stuff” because his daughter has too much junk already. Friend told hubby that the gift should be cash. He then offered a suggestion of how much we should give her. I was flabbergasted (but shouldn’t have been) and aggravated.
I need to just offer it up, I know. Lord, give me patience.:gopray: