I don't do birthdays. Even as a child, I had to be forced to attend and participate in my own parties. So, over the years I have had to learn to be gracious. I'm still working on it.
My non-celebration has been narrowed to an absolute refusal to participate in surprise parties (this refusal is real; I'm actually rude enough to leave, so don't do it) and not asking for presents (I've always found that to be a bit presumptuous anyhow). On the other hand, I graciously accept paid for meals and presents :-).
So, what's up with this post? My birthday is around the corner (a day, by the way, with which I had little to do but exist). So, in an effort to make my own graciousness more likely, I've posted my amazon gift list link in the side bar. Please note: I'm not asking, really (and this is not a ruse, just ask Ann). I'm just equipping--it's what I do.
On the other hand, if you a gift-giver, be a considerate one and give the receiver something they actually like (I have no desire and little ability to fake graciousness).
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