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Ok I need to vent. Vent, because I really hate when I seem to come across Nigerians that believe because I give it is become an entitlement. Okay, so sometime ago, a former colleague had demanded, yes actually demanded a gift for his baby. I was planning giving him something, but when he decided to start demanding I decided he was getting nada! Dude even came back a year later after baby was one year old to ask again. Like for real? He said I claimed I give good gifts so he is expecting something from me.
Well, very recently another incident happened this time with my hair dresser.So I love cooking and baking and if I may say so myself I do both of them well. I usually post pictures of some of my food on Whatsapp and since she is one of my contacts and sees them. She is constantly commenting about my food any time I go to get my hair done and even going as far as inviting herself to my house.
Anyway, I decided to take dessert to her since I was going to her after thanksgiving, so when I made dessert for thanksgiving and made enough to take her some. Only for me to get there and give her the dessert and she told me and I quote “Next time I don’t want ice cream I want real food”. My inner man sparkled (not in a good way) Mind you, I took this girl a homemade snicker’s pie. This dessert is an absolute labor of love as the entire process takes about 4 days. Granted, I was making some for thanksgiving and for my husband’s work get together, but the whole point is I thought of her. But it was not enough, I guess. For this lady I have decided this is the last time I am taking her anything.
But I am like ok what is wrong with our people? My negative experiences with giving has always been with our fellow country men and women. I give for selfish reasons, i.e I get genuine pleasure for figuring out what someone wants/needs and just knowing the joy they will get from it. It does something for me that I can’t explain but all these people are taking away the joy; and come to think of it, the people that I have had this experiences with have not given me a dime. Not once has my hair dresser given me a discount on my hair, although I tip every single time.
I know I am venting but maybe there is something I need to do, not discourage people like this. Any thoughts?
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