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February 20, 2002
I missed her birthday again. She ought to know by now that some years I make an effort and ship a gift on time. Other years, I’ve made some lame attempt with a card, email or package that’s weeks late.

Her birthday gift is always a surprise-- whether she’ll get it at all.

It slipped past. She emailed three days in a row. No word. Finally, I wrote back mentioning everything but her birthday. That is, until the final line. A simple “happy birthday”. Acknowledging that I forgot it, remembered later, and still have no idea what I’ll get her.