We're off to Derby at the weekend for mother-in-law's surprise 80th birthday party. I don't mean it's a surprise to her that she's 80 but, hopefully, the party will be. Although the sisters-in-law did the same for father-in-law a couple of years ago so it she'll probably be expecting it.
But I still haven't worked out what to get her. I tried talking to Husband. She's his mother after all.
'What about one of those "buy a goat for an African village" type presents?'
'I don't think she'd appreciate that.'
'Well, what about a nice rose planted in a big tub?'
'That won't look very nice at this time of year.'
'No, but it will flower next summer and be a nice reminder.'
'She'll look at it and think, "I won't be here to see it flowering."'
'Of course she will!'
'We know that but you know what she's like.'
Jewellery is ruled out because she's already started giving hers away before she's dead. And waht's the point of buying clothes because, on her basis, she won't get the wear out of them. She has plenty of ornaments, vases, photo frames, and she doesn't have any hobbies.
I've been listening to Gervaise Phinn reading his stories about being a school inspector in the Yorkshire Dales (James Herriot only with children instead of cows) while I've been ironing. I think she'd like him but a story CD doesn't seem like much of an 80th birthday present.