Sunday, April 21, 2013

"...and all I got was this lousy t-shirt."

Remember those shirts you could buy at tourist spots a decade ago to give to family members or friends who weren’t with you? You know, the ones that announced to the world that “My aunt went to Hawaii and all I got was this lousy t-shirt?” If you bought one of those shirts and gave it as a gift, shame on you! If you received one of those t-shirts, you have my sincere condolences. Those shirts still rank high on the list of “tackiest gifts ever.”

Alex and Kayla went to the Jason Aldean/Luke Bryan concert last weekend. I had given them the tickets for Christmas and had been kicking myself ever since for not buying one for myself. Anyway, the point is that I was not at the concert. My son, though, is a nice young man. He bought me a concert t-shirt as a gift and I love it.

Now, however, when I wear the t-shirt, people come up to me to ask me if I enjoyed the concert. They tell me about their favorite songs, and rave about the way Jason Aldean’s butt looked in that tight pair of jeans. Unfortunately, I then have to explain that my son went to the concert, said he enjoyed the music but was decidedly silent on the subject of Jason Aldean’s butt, and that he had bought me the t-shirt.

It’s only now that I understand why those “My aunt went to Hawaii” shirts were popular for so many years. They must have saved many a recipient from having to answer questions such as “When were you in Hawaii? My husband and I went last year!” and “Which islands did you visit?” Perhaps a shirt that proclaimed “My son went to the Jason Aldean concert and all I got was this t-shirt” was exactly what I needed. Sigh….


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