I have an uncle. He's handy and hard-working, but not exactly what you'd call a charmer. He doesn't have a lot of what you might call "people skills." He works hard all day, everyday, no sick leave, no vacation, and feels that everyone ought to do the same. I can't imagine him hugging.
Now that I'm thinking about it, I don't think in all the years I've been alive that I've seen him wear anything but his slightly grease-stained jean shirt and jeans. He has a low, grumbling voice and a long ponytail.
A couple of years ago he asked my mom to take over his Christmas shopping, which he claimed was so stressful that he couldn't handle it. My mom agreed and he gave her money and a list.
Now let me clarify what I mean by "list." He gave my mom an excel spreadsheet that had dozens of names of people that he gave gifts. And, he had recorded every single thing he had ever bought going all the way back to the 80's!
What did I get in Christmas of '92? A He-man action figure. '96? $15 Blockbuster gift card. Crazy. Who keeps a list like that? Plus, he bought for people who would stretch anyone's definition of "extended family."
People are strange and I love their little quirks. I love the surprises people give you when you get a glimpse into their lives. Forgo 'normal' people, my friends, and surround yourself with the interesting and bizarre. You'll be much happier when you do!
Good luck shopping.
Caleb "I only shop for kids" Shreves