I love email - I think it's a great invention. It's quick, you can make it as short or as long as you'd like and it's instant.
What I don't like is that you can necessary express your tone or sarcasm without the use of capital letters or italitics or any combination of things.
I have a bunch of friends who have just had babies or are expecting babies in the next few months. Naturally, I have been receiving invites to baby showers, so much that they are becoming every weekend occurances. Today, I received yet another evite for a shower.
Unsure whether or not it was a family thing or a women-only thing, I emailed the party organizer. After formalities and such, I asked?
Are families invited to the shower? Or is this a women-only affair?
The response came quickly:
Thank you for your inquiry. We are inviting spouses, but are not prepared to include children.
That was it. A response like I had emailed Amazon about my order. Not signed or anything.
And since it was an email, I'm not sure how I should take it. Should I be upset? Or understanding that it was email between two people who don't even know eachother? Do I figure it's a space thing? Or maybe they don't have the means to provide food for children? Should we attend anyway (provided that we find someone to watch the baby)? Should I go solo and leave Mike home with Patrick? Or should we sit this one out entirely?
What do you think?
*So, I got an email back, apologizing, since the gal didn't realize that I had a little baby. I guess even she realized how emails could be misunderstood. Still, I don't know what to do. I could let it go, or I can dwell, dwell, dwell. Which I might. Cause sometimes, I like to be petty and hold grudges (insert Dr. Evil laught here).