If/when anything is planned for that day it tends to be my better half that makes arrangements. Though given that I was born right after the New Year, like most Yanks we're typically reeling from the expense of the silly season where we all feel compelled to go out and spoil our little ones senseless with trinkets, toys, clothes, etc. Thus the budget doesn't leave much open! My sister has stolen the wind from the sails of my birthday since my 13th year when by sheer coincidence she as my solitary sibling was born on the exact same date. Now grown up, she's the type to indulge herself and throw grand affairs for she, her circle of friends and/or her current significant other of the month or year on her birthday. We tend to exchange a single gift that counts for Christmas as well as our Birthdays on or around Christmas. The year before last I tracked down her favorite author, exchanged a few E-mails and made a transaction to get a signed copy of their' latest book for her. Last year after scouring the web I found a company that makes die-cast miniatures of motorcycles and happened to find the exact model and colors even of her own 1:1 scale version. In return, the year before last I received a gift box of sausage and cheese from a discount shop that set her back all of $3 USD. As she was planning a Caribbean Cruise on her birthday that year I didn't mind so much. I couldn't refrain from bursting out with sardonic laughter this past year though when I opened my pressie to find the exact same bloody gift box. I wouldn't have minded if it were something she'd put actual thought and meaning into but something so thoughtless two years in a row? Can we trade sisters? Hah!
24. June 2017 at 03:49:54