A friend and co-worker made a trip to Ireland over the summer. She knows I love all things Celtic, so before she left, she asked if I wanted anything. I told her I'd love a Celtic knot pendant or something along those lines, and I gave her a price range that I'd be willing to pay. She said she'd do her best.
Today, she came over and brought me a T-Shirt. She apologized for it not being a pendant, but she said she didn't see anything in the price range I gave her that didn't look cheap. Ordinarily, that would be fine. I agree that I'd prefer not to get something that looks trinkety, and I wear T-Shirts all the time. The problem is it's stylish black T with a big honkin' Celtic cross on it.
Now, I actually like the looks of the Celtic cross, but wearing this will definitely make it appear that I am endorsing something I absolutely do not. I paid her for it, and I certainly appreciate the gesture (I'm 99% positive it wasn't done in spite. I doubt she knows I'm an atheist), but she will wonder, I'm sure, why I never wear it. I thought at first I'd wear it when I work out, but many of my students often come in the the fitness center.
I guess I should have been more clear about what I liked.