Surprisingly audacious reflections of a humble writer
YOU SAY CABELA'S AND I SAY CARRABBA'S
You would think that since I'm a creative sort of person that coming up with presents would be up my alley. But it's hard being creative year after year. Though I've known Antonio for a long time, I'm never sure what he likes as a gift. Since he seems to enjoy eating out at restaurants, I get him gift cards.
This time, I decided to choose something different other than the usual American food restaurant chains like TGI Fridays, Ruby Tuesday, and O'Charlies. I thought he'd like Italian cuisine so while at the grocery store, I bought him a gift card.
A week before Christmas, my husband delivered the card to the salon for me. Antonio opened it before Jim left.
"Why, thank you Jim," said Antonio. "I've never shopped here before."
Jim looked at him curiously and peeked at the card. He had to hold back the laughter until he came home.
At dinner time, Jim told me he gave Antonio his gift.
"Did he like it?" I asked.
"Do you remember what you bought him?"
"Of course. It was a gift card for Carrabba's."
My loving husband waited for me to say more.
"You know, the Italian restaurant."
"Ah...no you didn't."
"But I always get him a restaurant gift card. I wanted to get him something different this year."
"You did. You bought him a Cabela's gift card." Jim burst out laughing.
"What's so funny. Isn't it an Italian restaurant?"
"It's an outdoor sporting store. A place for people who like to hunt, fish, and boat."
I felt so embarrassed. Antonio is not an outdoorsman.
He wouldn't wear plaid or flannel outdoorsy clothes. I've only seen him in black polo shirts, black jeans, and black tennis shoes. He would never shop there. Well, there goes that gift card.
The next morning, I called Antonio to apologize, but he said don't worry about it. But I felt horrible. I wanted to get him another gift. I drove to Bella Notte (I've eaten here—I know it's an Italian restaurant) to purchase a gift certificate. Finally, Antonio would have a gift he could use. Jim delivered it to him a few days before Christmas.
"Did Antonio like the new gift?" I asked.
"He did," said Jim. "Antonio said we didn't have to buy him two gifts, but to tell you thank you...
and that he loves his plaid shirt from Cabela's."