« Last post by Bobbie on Today at 10:48:53 AM »
I don't think you are petty.
The giving of the bread opened a train of thought.
Oh, Michelle gave Lori some bread
Hey DH, Lori got bread from Michelle. ( Where's ours? Said jokingly )
Hey you know we never do get anything in return. I don't expect it, but a simple "thanks" is not hard.
A hmmmmmm moment.
The bread was a catalyst, a trigger to a train of thought the OP never had or even remotely thought of till this moment. And by moment, this all happened in a matter of seconds not a sit in my thinking chair and mull the bad neighbor and her un-giving ways. OP was irked. She is allowed to be and came to the realization that she gives to those who appreciate it. By saying thanks, its tells the giver that their item/gesture was acknowledged/helpful.
Op says the next giving time is Halloween. I wouldn't give because the kids never thanked for years past. Like I always tell my kids its top down. What happens at the top is reflected going down the ladder (work and home). We would see misbehaving kids in public and I would tell my kids "top down" and they understood. In this case, Michelle (breadgiver) didn't school her kids in saying thanks for the candy.
So, Op I get it. From bread to the candy. It was a thought train that opened your eyes to your ungrateful neighbors and their un-thanking ways.