Gifts can be an imposition

I found the fancy pen/stylus combo for my Palm V. I lost it a couple of weeks ago, and was really upset—not because I couldn’t live without it, but because it was a gift from sara. It bothers me when I lose gifts.

It bothers me even more when I feel like I really need to get rid of junk that was a well-intentioned gift. I have some stuff from my mother that falls into that category.