This is what I know: my mother has a big heart, a great sense of humor and returns every single present she has ever received by rationalizing it’s too expensive, too extravagant or just too. But for the first time, I believed I found the perfect gift for my mom, one she would be hard pressed to return, free meals. Is it possible Blue Apron stressed me out?
Sending Blue Apron to Mom
I sent my mom Blue Apron, a popular meal kit delivery services. For several months, my husband and I used this delivery service with fantastic results. It provided fresh pre-portioned ingredients to your doorstep with the spices necessary to prepare homemade quality meals in 25 minutes or less. What’s not to love?
I was anxious to share my experience with my mother. “Mom, I’m cooking decent meals again,” I said during our regular phone call. “Mike loves Blue Apron.”
On and on I shared my foray into exotic dinners. Roasted pork and summer succotash, scrumptious. Pan-friend Françoise-style chicken, easy peesy. Hoisin beef and vegetable stir-fry, time to call Chef Ramsey.
She said, “Sounds so yummy. Email me the information.” I sent her the Blue Apron website and even attached pictures of our lavish meals.
Next, I sent her a trial box and reasoned that with her boyfriend, together they could prepare healthy meals in record time. No more last minute jaunts to the grocery store.
Boy was I wrong.
“How’s it going Mom? Did you get my package?” I said by phone, waiting for her to express her gratitude.
Blue Apron Causes Stress?
“A big box sitting’s right here on the counter,” she said. “Says Blue Apron on the outside.”
“That’s it. Open it.”
“Why’s it so heavy? What’s in here?”
Geez, she’s acting like she got a package from al-Qaeda.
What’s with the attitude? She should be thanking me!
“What do you think?” I said after a moment of silence passed.
“Look. I can’t talk right now. Gotta figure out how to put all this crap into the refrigerator. Blue Apron stressed me out.” She clicked off without so much as a good-bye.
What’s the big deal, I thought? Throw the stuff in the refrigerator until you’re ready to make it. It’s as simple as it gets.
One month later…
“How were the meals?” I said through pursed lips.
“Oh, I never made them,” she said. “I put the meat in the freezer. Had to throw out most of the vegetables. Maybe when you come in town we’ll make it together.”
What the hell’s she talking about? I live 3,000 miles away.
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
“Gosh mom. I wanted to do something nice for you.”
“Just follow the recycling instructions. No big deal.”
Seriously, woman, is this the hardest thing you’ve ever had to deal with?
“I appreciate the thought but please don’t send it again,” she said with a sigh. “Keep your money. Blue Apron stressed me out. I thought you said this was easy.”
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Blue Apron is the best thing that happened to meal times. For more information, check out their website at https://www.blueapron.com
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