This past weekend Nathan's younger brother got married in Maryland, so it was off for a wedding weekend of fun for us. Marianna and two of her cousins were quite possibly the three most eager flower girls of all time, fulfilling their walking down the aisle duties with all the flair, smiles, waves, and grace that can be imagined.
But a few hours before the wedding, Olivia, Marianna's oldest cousin, received a birthday present from her grandmother (the grandmother her and Marianna do not share) for her 5th birthday, which is later this week. She got an adorable little raincoat and umbrella. Marianna was visiting her cousins' hotel room when the gift was presented, and although I wasn't there, I am told she took quite a liking to the gifts. So much so, in fact, that she went up to Mrs. Rome (Olivia's grandmother) and started a casual conversation that went something like this:
"Gran, (she calls everyone by their grandparent name, regardless of whether or not they are actually hers) my birthday is going to be on November 14th. I am having a family party, and you are welcome to come and bring me one of those?" (gesturing to the aforesaid coat and umbrella)
You recall my last post on etiquette? I believe that in every rule book out there, requesting presents from near strangers is taboo. Which really has me pondering, is there a genetic connection? =)