One of the advantages of being an adult over the holidays is that you can kick up the level of decorations and special touches just a notch. We don’t have any brown speckled eggs from the kids dipping their Easter eggs into every single color of dye instead of choosing just one color. We can make pretty things and, if they last, they can be handed down later as heirlooms.
Today is my nephew’s birthday. Every year since he was born I would buy him a birthday card and mail it to his home in time for him to receive it before or on his birthday. Sometimes when I had a little extra money to spend, I would buy him a small toy or gift and mail that with his birthday card. I never once got a thank you from him, and now that I think of it, he has never sent me a birthday card or a Christmas card.
Now that he is 25 years old today, I think he is old enough to have some basic manners and say thank you for thinking of him. I sent him a card a few days ago with a Starbucks gift card for $25 and I know that he has received it by now. If I don’t hear a thank you from him this week, that will be the last birthday card and last gift he ever gets from me.