Hey Everybody! How’s it going? Hope you all are awesomely well! Another episode of the Beats and Speaks Podcast for you all today! On this episode, I share the story of a former family friend who bought me a gift FOR MY BIRTHDAY, and then, less than a year later, by Christmas and the holiday season of that same year, they asked for it back! Without further ado, let’s get into this little adventure! The former family friend in question is actually an old friend of my dad’s, how they got along so well I WILL NEVER KNOW, but that’s another story for another time, and truthfully is just a can of worms that I do not want to open! Getting back to the topic at hand, this old friend of my dad’s moved in with us for a few months while his apartment was undergoing some renovations and repairs. This friend and I were always cordial with one another and struck up somewhat of a friendship through osmosis, since they were living with us. Just as a side note, this friend of my dad’s has known me since I was baby because he had known my dad, at that point for more than 30 years by then. This friend also knew that I was disabled and had cerebral palsy. One day, the friend comes to me and tells me that I need to get out more, and that I should do something for my upcoming birthday. I just said, thank you for your input and advice. I appreciate it, but I’m doing just fine. They then say that they need to go buy groceries and they would like it if I tagged along. I thought about it for a second and agreed to go. Minutes later, we get into this person’s car, make our way to a local drug store, which is one of Canada’s big chains, and this chain also happens to sell assistive medical devices, like walkers, canes, et cetera. I was in between walkers at this point, and to buy a new walker would have been too much money because they have always been REALLY EXPENSIVE, even back when this took place. So, we’re going through the drug store, we make our way down the medical supplies aisle, he takes a cane off the wall, and then hands it to me. My first thought was, what in the world is this for?! This person’s then said that it was a gift, for my birthday, and that they wanted to help me by buying this cane for me, just to make it easier for me to get around, which I thought was incredibly thoughtful and generous. I said, thank you, we finished up this shopping trip and left. I was happy to have the cane, was incredibly to this person for buying it and giving it to me for my birthday, and for the rest of their time living with my family and I, we got along fine. After they had moved back to their apartment, we would talk occasionally, get together and hang out from time to time, as well. Shortly after this person had moved back to their apartment, I was given a new walker by another friend of mine, who had no use for it, so they gave it to me, which of course, I was so, so grateful for! As a consequence, I guess, I started using the walker more, simply because the walker provided more support and I preferred having more support, in terms my mobility. I would use the cane from the friend of my dad’s occasionally, but since I had gotten the new walker, I used that more than the cane. This friend of my dad’s found out that I was using the walker more than the cane and called me day, around Christmas and the holidays of that same year, and said, I know that I got you that cane as a birthday gift, but since you’re using the walker more, can I have the cane back? He had said that another one of his friends could use the cane because they were having issues with their own mobility. To which, I said no. The reason I said no is because the cane was given to me FOR MY BIRTHDAY, IT WAS A GIFT, and asking for a gift back is something that nobody would or should NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE DO, plus this friend of my dad’s was going to give the cane to a friend of his who was also a capable adult, and capable speaking up for themselves. I come to find out later, the friend of the friend of my dad’s didn’t need the cane and was just looking for a way to collect workers compensation! Needless to say, THAT ABSOLUTELY SENT ME THROUGH THE ROOF and my family and I have NEVER spoken to or seen this person since then. We just cut this person out and dropped them entirely, which I will say is and was, at the time and to this day, FOR THE BETTER! Our lives are much better for it! Well, there you go! That’s the story and my experience with someone asking for a gift back. I hope you all enjoyed the story. If you like what you see and hear, then PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL to keep up with my latest releases and goings on! Thanks everybody! Talk to you all again soon!
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