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Viewpoint: The Gifts I Got for My Birthday
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The first thing I did to celebrate my 67th birthday last Saturday (besides making the coffee) was travel to the local grocery store and purchase a large pack of toilet paper. I realized that when the day culminated with cake eating time there would be eight other people, and the six squares of toilet paper we had in the house would not be enough.

And what a day. We went fishing, ate a wonderful birthday dinner, had German Chocolate birthday cake and, of course, presents- wonderful presents. Let me tell you about the presents.

My son-in-law Danny gave me a gift card. But the better gift he gave me was a night on the porch. In the ten years Danny and my daughter have been married we have probably spent 100 nights on one porch or another and swapped lies, tall-tales, hopes and dreams for our shared part of the family. And in the process, have become friends.

Iíve also had probably 100 cards from my daughter, Amber. The hand written love youís and fond thoughts weave their way around whatever the author of the card had to say. Iíve kept many of them in a file, and kept the sentiment they express in my heart.

I opened a large red packing box and out popped my six-year-old granddaughter, Kahlynn. She said she couldnít think of a better thing to give me than her. I hope someday she develops some self-esteem. That red box was then occupied by each grand child who thought it was way more fun than any of the toys they were surrounded by.

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