Sometimes a peach is just a peach
Is this just a midwestern thing? I find it – odd.
I have, more than once, given something – in this case, a dozen peaches from the case we bought from the Tree-Ripe folks – to a friend only to be asked how much they owe me.
Nothing! I answer.
No, really, they insist, how much?
It’s – a gift, I say, while thinking, Isn’t it obvious that an unprompted delivery of an item is not considered a shared expense but a gift?
I didn’t ask them beforehand if they wanted to split getting a case of peaches.
I didn’t ask, “Would you like to buy some peaches from me?”
I showed up at their front doors with a dozen peaches.
I had mentioned the peaches to them before, when I told them about the peach truck and how great the peaches were, and when Mr T got ours, we thought, That’s a lot of peaches we can share some.
So they asked me how much money they owed me and I said nothing no really I mean nothing.
I guess they wanted to be sure that they were not offending me and that they had not misunderstood the previous conversation – but here’s what I want to know: Has anyone ever answered, “That will be ten dollars” to a question like that?