I have never been a big one for remembering birthdays, anniversaries, or holidays. I'd like to blame nature or nurture but there is really no excuse. In polite company my wife says, "He's challenged." I won't repeat her more intimate assessment, but she's right and she's got proof. Years ago, when I first became owner of the bookstore, I scheduled an important staff dinner at our house on May 31st (her birthday). She quietly prepared the house and table and then, leaving us to gab, went downtown to work out her frustration through therapeutic shopping. She repeated the prescription weekly until I finally took notice. We call this in the family "the gift that kept on giving." I did feel bad and the next year shortly before her birthday, I happened upon an opportunity to buy a painting of her beloved Eastern Washington landscape for a price that was more than I thought we could afford. I bought it and presented it, asking that it "cover" the next couple years of birthdays and holidays. I was informed, "It doesn't work like that, Rog." Trying to cut my losses, I now operate on the traditional "show up with a card and a small box with a bow" technique. I recommend you do the same. We have, this year, a best-ever selection of cards, chocolates, jewelry, and books at the store. I will personally make the bow for you. It's important. Really.
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