Expert advice on how to do birthdays
Now Son, who's 23, has to go and claim it.
Says he's going to turn the collar up on his coat and wear a big hat.
I hope he likes the present, once he's got over the embarrassment of collecting it. He also has to get over the fact that it's enclosed in bubble wrap and brown paper, not bright and sparkly birthday wrap. I asked Husband if he'd wrap it up ready to send, and Husband forgot that, usually, there's a surprise element and a celebratory element about birthday presents which most people would feel called for an attractive covering and a gift tag.
Still, it will pay Birthday Boy back for all the years he's given us scraps of A4 paper out of his school/college notebooks saying 'IOU a present' because he's forgotten all our important dates until reminded by the fact that the house is festooned with balloons and cards and someone is cutting a cake.
Actually, I tell a lie. I'm doing him an injustice. One year he gave me one of his toffees. It was treacle toffee, I think. The flavour he doesn't like.