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Originally posted by freakyqi at 2006-10-1 21:19
I got a fancy box of them from my employer. And a bag with a packaged marinating duck in it. Um, I'm vegetarian, and my son will not eat it if you paid him. It has a head. My boss is not just a bos ...
I have a VEEEERY good idea, why not forward it to me? I would thank you awfully
In China, we have a saying, 礼轻情意重( The gift is trifling, But the feeling is profound/ The gift isn't much, but it means a lot)
if you understand this saying, you would see why your employer present you that box.
In general, offering it back is pretty impolite. i think you can figure the situation for yourself.
anyway, you should thank her for her gift, even you are a vegetarian.
if you like, you can give it to you neighbor, but not a beggar. Or, you boss would think you look down on the gift.
Of course, you MUST tell your employer you are vegetarian, as a result, she would pay more attention to this in the future. Certainly, to express your apology as well as thankfulness, you can buy a small gift to give her. I think she would understand your intention, After all, she's very close as you said.
Do not worry about too much, please feel free. Actually, it doesn't matter.