A friend of mine recently took a weekend trip to visit a state she had never been to and stayed with friends for two nights. The accommodations were as good as a top name hotel, the homemade meals delicious, and the hosts gracious. So what’s her problem?
Her hosts paid for EVERYTHING. Breakfast at Starbucks, groceries for meals at home, gasoline for the 2.5-hour drive to see a national monument, and dinner at a restaurant on the way back. They wouldn’t let her pay for ANYTHING.
“How hard do you insist on paying?” she asked me.
“It depends on the circumstances,” I said. “How do you know these people, again?”
She described them as long time family friends.
“Are they the type of people who enjoy paying for everything?” I asked.
“Yes, but we wanted to pay for something, at least symbolically,” she said. “But they wouldn’t let us.”
Now she’s back from vacation and having been treated at every chance she’s not sure what to do.
If you voted to send a gift, how much would you spend?