You’re Still a Nice Person Shower

So, I just celebrated my 40th birthday last August.  Forty and not married.  As if in, still single.  Do you know what irks me the most about being single in my forties?  The fact I never received one gathering devoted to me receiving presents.  In other words, a shower.

I’ve never had the opportunity to receive silverware, a nice set of pots and pans, a bread maker or anything like that.  Not even a toaster.  And I just want to say, I think that stinks.

No towels, dishes, or laundry sets.  Nada.

Boo society!  Boo on you.

I think if you reach the age of 30 and are still in the world of singledom you should be thrown a shower.  We’ll call it a You’re Still a Nice Person and Deserve Presents Usually Reserved for the Marrieds shower.  Shortened to You’re Still a Nice Person shower.

Just picture it – the person registers at a store.  Marks his or her wish list.  And then people go buy it.  Why do they buy it?  Because (he or she is) Still a Nice Person.   Nice people deserve gifts, too.

It ought to be a thing.  I could sure use some new pans and towels.

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12 thoughts on “You’re Still a Nice Person Shower

  1. That’s a completely reasonable request – with one caveat.
    You have to get the same weird collection of gifts as anyone else. Sam and I, for example, got a bewildering variety of knives when we got married. It’s been great, we haven’t lacked for chopping/dicing/slicing tools for nearly 17 years (although they were cheap knives and are all horribly dull). We have been wondering, for nearly 17 years, would people looked at us and thought, “Knives. They need knives.”
    Other people get mostly towels, and the lucky ones get money.
    Money would have been good.

  2. I’m okay with the caveat.
    I thought of this as I used a pan my parents received at their wedding – nearly 50 years ago.
    The pans I bought myself are falling apart.
    I’d definitely take money. You know what I’d do with it? Not buy pans. I’d go on vacation! 🙂

  3. Yes, (and yes, it just made some stew the other day) and I also have received an electric grill. But I never had an opportunity to go through a store and fill out a list and say, “Hey, that would be cool!”
    But I do appreciate the crock-pot and I didn’t mean to offend 🙂

  4. That’s a good idea ‘Your Still A Nice Person Shower!’ Although – personally, I don’t like other people buying all those essentials for my home. I probably would if I was in dire need – I’d be grateful, but otherwise I’m a bit of a fuss pot when it comes to what I want in the home. I don’t mean awkward, I just know what I want, and the quality I’m looking for, so I don’t have to buy it all over again in a few years because it was designed to fall apart! 😉

    We don’t have a tradition of ‘showers’ of any kind in the UK, so I don’t feel like I’ve missed out, but the baby showers are catching on now, with the younger ones. I think it’s because they just like lots of stuff, and attention. I don’t like either!!

    But singles shouldn’t be ignored. Everyone is relevant in this world. But at least it’s not as weird as being single in the 70’s, there seems to be a lot of people in their 30’s and 40’s who are single now. My Mum knew quite a few older women in her church that were single in the 70’s and 80’s, and I think they were seen as a bit odd or irrelevant by other people. She made a habit of befriending those who were seen as odd, and didn’t find them odd at all, but thought those who couldn’t be bothered to invite them to dinner or other events were the strange ones. The ones who pretended to be gloriously happily married when they were not happy at all! 😉

  5. See, the beauty of a shower is, you get to fill out a “wish list” at a store. Then people buy you exactly what you want. But I’d be happy receiving all those “extra” things I’d never get myself. Like a waffle maker. I probably will never buy one myself but hey, if somebody got me one, that would be cool. Or an old fashioned popcorn air-popper. Stuff like that.
    Good for your mom for reaching out to those ‘lonely’ folk! That’s definitely a legacy to be proud of. Especially (as you pointed out) during that time when being single was looked down upon and misunderstood. She sounds like a lovely person 🙂

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