Ok, first off, I'm not going to say anything about this to the perpetrator of this etiquette crime (if it is indeed a crime). It's not worth it and in the end, it didn't matter to the important people in this little episode. I just want to know if my annoyance at it is legit or if I'm being a momzilla. I really can't decide.
This gets a little complicated, so let me know if I am not explaining it clearly. My sons share the same birthday, a year apart. I bought them both Ipods for their birthday gift. A friend (Liz) went with me to buy these Ipods and bought their daughter (Kate) an ipod as well. At the time, I thought it odd, since her daughter's birthday was come and gone, but she can buy her child whatever she likes, whenever she likes. Liz also bought my sons birthday gifts (books)that were to be from her and Kate. She bought Kate a book as well.
I didn't think too much more about it until she showed up at my house on my sons birthday (she and kate were invited to go to the movies with us). She had in hand four wrapped presents. Two were the books she bought son #1 and #2, the other two were the ipod and book she bought Kate. (Son #1 and #2 had already opened their Ipods after breakfast)
In essence, Kate got birthday gifts on Son #1 and #2's birthday. These kids are 9 (son #2) and 10 (son #1 and Kate), so it's not as if they don't understand that you don't get gifts on other people's birthday. This has been annoying me since it happened. I've thought about it, and I think that it's not that Kate got gifts that bothers me, as much as it is that she was presented them, wrapped and shiny, on my children's birthday, in front of my children.
Now, admittedly, this didn't bother my boys one bit. They were happy with their gifts and could care less that Kate got something too. It only bothers me. With my friend. But I couldn't say exactly why.
So, am I being silly, or does this seem like an etiquette faux pas to everyone else too?