There are other photo gifts I've been working on too; I won't give them away since those involved don't know about them. But then my mother-in-law requested an unusual gift: she wants me to print my blogs posts.
My in-laws do not have a computer and have decided not to acquire one and all the headaches that go with them at this time in their lives. My father-in-law will be 86 on Sunday and my mother-in-law is 78. I'm kinda of glad they don't want one, because when my own mother is having computer problems she calls me. I know enough about computers to panic when I have to try and fix one.
My mother-in-law called me when she wanted a photo of the family taken over the summer to be turned into a Christmas card. She knew she wouldn't be able to figure it out at a photo kiosk. While I was talking to her about how many she wanted I looked it up on Costco.com and told her I had the picture on my computer and could just take care of it for her.
Laughingly enough, the photo was taken with a wide angle setting and wouldn't fit in the frame of the allowed Christmas cards Costco offered. I had to have my oldest daughter, who is a wiz on Photoshop, fix the picture so I could fit it in the frame.
So back to this request for a print-out of my blog posts. My mother-in-law hears about my blog all the time in conversation with my sister-in-law, her kids, my kids and cousins who all have access to computers and occasionally read my blog. I don't think my mother-in-law understands what that looks like.
I can't just start printing them on my printer; it would cost me a fortune. So I copied each one and put it on a word document. I was able to put more than one on some pages. I also decided to just do one year, which is September 2010 to August 2011. Now I have a 211 page document.
I'm going to send it as a PDF file to Office Depot. Not only can they printer it cheaper and faster than I could, but they will bind it together.
But all of this is not a problem. I've made the document and I just need to proof it and take care of any original typos and formatting. I've even had a good time rereading my posts. What I'm concerned over is it is definitely a different side of me that many people have never really known about, except my closest friends, some family members and now those strangers who read my blog.
But isn't it interesting that it's easier to have a stranger read about what goes on in my head than my mother-in-law? I'm afraid she'll come away thinking I'm a bit psychotic and maybe her son didn't choose so well after all. I'd like to think she'll be delighted that I'm so witty and literate, but she may just question my sanity. I know I do every day.
So there it is... the last shred of dignity I have as a Christmas gift. Okay, maybe I never had any anyway. I guess that's what happens when you put your life online.