Value of Gift Registries

Today I saw my doctor again. It was my regular diabetes visit but since I was still suffering from the vertigo, the timing was good. She said she thinks the infection from the bronchitis might have brought the vertigo on and she prescribed a different antibiotic as well as something for the cough and sent me off to have a chest x-ray to make sure nothing strange is going on. If all goes well, I don’t have to see her again until June.

When I finished there — it took over an hour to get the x-ray because the imaging department was backed up — I went to Borders because I had a coupon for a free cup of coffee and another coupon for 40 percent off a book. They expired today. I got one of their chocolate coffees topped with salted caramel. I must say I won’t be getting that again because I didn’t like it that much.

When I got through at Borders I went to Bed, Bath & Beyond which is in the same shopping plaza to get a wedding gift. I asked for a copy of the gift registry and was dumbfounded for a minute when the clerk asked me for the first name of the bride. I realized it’s her parents I know more than I know her.

I ended up getting a shower curtain liner and the shower curtain hooks for the gift and took their complimentary gift wrap. I always find it interesting to see what the young ones select for their gifts. It would never have occurred to me to get a shower curtain liner and hooks as a gift otherwise. Those gift registries certainly come in handy!

I guess young brides don’t have a Hope Chest these days. When I was a girl, it was expected that you would get some things — linens, especially — together for your future home. But based on the items listed on the gift registers I’ve seen most recently, brides (or couples) don’t do that now. If that’s the case, I’m doubly glad there are gift registries. At least I know I purchased something she/they wanted, in the wanted color, etc.

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