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Thursday, January 26, 2006


For a number of years my childhood friend Carol and I have been exchanging gifts through the mail. Her birthday's the 6th and mine is today.
I was telling someone the other day that ever since my mom died my birthday has never been the same. She always made it special, from making my favorite meal, her fried chicken and the dark chocolate cake with the whipped cream frosting, to finding unusual little gifts that she'd sometimes pick up on vacation. They were always neatly wrapped and given with a beautiful card. My dad most always would give me a Snoopy card always addressed to "Deb-a-roo". I don't remember why or when that started.

But now I have my package from Carol and I really look forward to it. Her mom passed away a few years ago and I'm sure there was something that she did that she misses too. So a new tradition has replaced the old. It's great to have good friends.

"Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold.
- From The Girl Scouts Pocket Songbook

Copyright © 2006 Deborah Sharp Loeb

(See 6/3/05 post for the cake recipe.)


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