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Birthdays, Target, UPS and Lessons Learned

My middle child turns 22 today. It is the first birthday I have ever missed and I am feeling kind of low.

Like most 22 year olds who are living on their own for the first time, all she wants is a gift card to Target so she can buy food and curtains.

So on Monday, I went online and ordered her the gift card and a few extra little things. I paid extra for shipping to make sure it got delivered today. Yesterday, Target emailed me to let me know they are having problems converting to their new computer system with UPS and my order will not be delivered until later this week. Seriously? My kid will have nothing to open on her birthday? What a nightmare. Completely unacceptable.

Birthdays are a big deal in our family. Actually, it is customary that none of us actually call it a birthday, but rather we celebrate our birth month. I have always made a point of making it a very special day nevertheless. I decorate, make a cake, cupcakes or whatever the child wants, and we either go out to dinner or my DH cooks their favorite meal. I take lots of pictures, encourage them to invite their friends and always try to make it a day to remember. Usually, I'm successful.

As clearly this was not going to be a day to remember if the poor girl got nothing from her mommy, I decided to make a little gift box for her. I added a picture of the Target Dog with a list of the gifts that will be arriving in shifts over the next few days.

A trip to the local UPS store, who now along with Target, is not one of my favorite places to do business with, told me it would cost $59.53 to get the four-ounce box to her today. And yes, that is the price for late afternoon delivery. For delivery before 10:30 a.m. it was over $70.00!

Anyway, I handed over the debit card and told them to go ahead and ship it out.
Major lesson learned. Next time I will be sure to have the gifts wrapped and sitting in my closet to be taken out for the birthday child on their big day.

Target is not be on my list of places to shop, at least until Christmas rolls around, and UPS has permanently lost a customer to the poor, struggling, good old-fashioned, United States Postal Services. Until next time...

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