Zack's Anger Diary: You Lazy Grandparents

Dear Diary …

Now I’m not sure if this is a new thing. Maybe it’s always been “a thing” but I just never noticed until it impacted me in my adult life, but have grandparents always been lazy and terrible gift givers?

I don’t remember that being the case when I was a kid, but I was also a kid, and I was … you know … stupid. So maybe it’s always been like this … I don’t know. But what I do know is the grandparents of today … y'all are lazy and terrible gift givers.

And I don’t mean that you give bad gifts … because that would imply that you actually do SOMETHING. Instead … y’all do nothing.

Every Christmas in my house, every grandparent is the same. They call me and say “I need you to tell me what to get the children for Christmas.”

Oh wait .. let me do it in old people voice … “I need you to tell me what to get the children for Christmas.” There … now it’s more grandparent-y

And not just “hey give me some ideas” but more “please send me direct links on Amazon to be able to purchase the items” … or my favorite is when they say, “well you have Amazon Prime, so why don’t you just go ahead and order it on your account and I’ll send you a check.”

Oh great! So not only do I have to do all your shopping for you, then I gotta hunt you down for the money you owe me. Oh … and let’s not forget … when the gift arrives at MY house … guess who then gets to wrap it. ME!

And yet somehow … even though I picked out the item, paid for it, and wrapped it … it’s a gift from you?

“Hey did the kids like my presents?”


And the biggest kick in the gut here as a parent is you spread all these great gifts around that somebody else takes credit for. Then Santa slides in and steals even more of your thunder, so all you have left are the scraps. And then our kids sit there on Christmas thinking, “Geez, my own parents really didn’t even get me anything good.”

Well a Merry Christmas to you too you little turd!

Till next time Diary … I say … Goodbye