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Wedding Present: Mother Gives Her Son a Lamp with Everything She Found in His Pockets While Doing His Laundry

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The mother of redditor justgrant2009 chose a brilliantly original wedding present. As he grew up, she collected everything that he left in his pockets. At his wedding rehearsal dinner, she presented them to him sealed inside a lamp:

Growing up, whenever I left something in my pockets and put them in the dirty laundry, before she would wash things, she checked my pockets, and if she found anything, she put it in a glass jar on the top shelf in the laundry room. I remember as a kid, wishing soooo hard that I could get some of the items back, but it was forbidden to even go near the jar. By the time I was old enough to be sneaky about it and get into it, I had just learned to accept that that was how it worked and I wouldn't get those things back.

Years went by and I had completely forgotten about it, until this last May. I got married, and at our rehearsal dinner, when my mom and dad stood up to give their thank you speech, my mom pulled a large gift bag out from under the table. She started by giving a short speech explaining that over the years she had collected stuff from my pockets, and it was in that moment that I thought, "I'm gonna get the jar!" I started tearing up before she had finished talking. When she did, I opened the bag and found that not only was I getting the jar, I was getting it back in the form of a lamp (and yes, she has sealed the top of the lamp to it so that I still CANNOT open it).

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Isn't telling Benjamin that he'll have to agree to disagree with you kind of overstepping your bounds, Lynda? ;)
I was more concerned with how and why she kept all that junk instead of giving it back to her son at the time.
If your marriage can't stand an ugly lamp, then you may have other issues.
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Or, from the new couple's perspective, if someone is that *insensitive* (i.e., the obsessive mother who collected and saved her son's pocket contents for what must have been well over a decade), I see many, MANY more problems down the road. I'm afraid we'll have to agree to disagree on this one Benjamin.
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I think "the kid" (aka the man who just got married) isn't the issue -- the potential problem/awkwardness would be from the perspective of the bride (aka the woman who probably has a million dreams of what their new home together will look like -- none of which includes this monstrosity.)

My own mom overstepped bounds when my brother got married (e.g., planting flowers in their front yard as a surprise, buying things for their house) and it caused a lot of problems then and down the line. I always try to keep that in mind when approaching my own venture as a mother-in-law. Now, to be perfectly fair, the mother (in law) may have known her son's bride so well that she was CERTAIN it would be accepted happily. I just don't think it's a good idea for others to copy without thinking.
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I don't think the kid is that upset. I mean, it's a given that Mom has been part of your life longer than any potential wife. If you can't handle that fact then frankly perhaps you're very insecure?
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