When thinking of what to post on the blog for today, I immediately had a flashback to one of my dad's previous birthdays to one of the funniest things that has ever happened to my family.
When I was in fifth or sixth grade, I was on the computer, buying a present for my dad. My mom was helping me complete the purchase on the Barnes and Noble website. I was ordering him a baseball book, that I believe he had asked for. My mom and I found it on the website, purchased it with her credit card, and checked "yes" for the free gift wrapping. My dad's birthday is in February, so they were offering free Valentine's day wrap. On the optional gift message, I included, "To: Dad Love: Your Favorite Daughter." I'm his only daughter, but that's besides the point.
So, in a week or so, the package arrives, and I take the book out of the box. It seems to be thinner and a different shape than I thought, but it was gift wrapped in tacky heart paper and ready to go. I looked at the order slip, and it was definitely the book that my mom and I had chosen.
On the night of his birthday, we were in our upstairs TV room sitting on the couch. My dad was opening his gifts, and I was just going on and on about how much he was going to love his present. I think that I was more excited that I got him something that he had asked for AND bought it online.
My dad tears open the paper to reveal this:
....I'm not kidding....
....I can't make this stuff up....
We all sat in silence for a second before my parents starting DYING laughing. I didn't exactly have any idea of what the Kama Sutra was, but I was pretty sure by the picture and the "lover's guide," that it had something to do with sex.
Eventually, we came to the conclusion that someone was pulling a serious prank or it was a legitimate mix up. The gift tag surely should have been a tip off to double check their work, but whatever. It makes me smile to think of someone getting a sports book when they were expecting something VERY different.
My poor dad had to take that thing back into Barnes and Noble to exchange it, which I'm sure was embarrassing. It all got straightened out in the end.
But yes, that actually happened. Happy Friday everyone!