I am mystified by people’s lack of reciprocation, Ré. Many are certainly in a position financially to entertain. Others may have homes that are small or limited funds but, as I said in my piece, a home-baked cake or a cup of coffee would be more than enough.
I honestly believe that Americans, for sure, and many others too have lost their sense of decorum. They receive gladly but never give. I’ve seen the same behavior in regards to physical gifts, especially with family members. Open hands to receive but empty, closed hands to give.
Sad that we have lost the social graces that create true friendships and foster connected communities.