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January 4, 2011
12/31/1969

Her 21st birthday. As usual, the double celebration, her father reading one of his embarrassing New Year poems, her mum proudly handing her a champagne flute.

12/31/1978

The big 3-oh. A small party with friends, the kids  finally in bed. The toast by her husband - "to a fabulous decade!" She felt old.

12/31/1990

Frantic phonecalls, attempting to locate their youngest, eventually found at a friend's. Too exhausted to celebrate.

12/31/2005

Sitting on the porch, holding hands. Parties had long lost their appeal. A whispered "I love you" as they looked at the fireworks.