The most memorable birthday present I ever got? Hm-m-m. Was it the year I got a motorcycle helmet from my [former] spouse? Memorable, but like a woman who remembers getting a vacuum cleaner -- not in a good way. Was it last year's gift when one of my brothers presented me with a beautiful blue topaz pendant the size of a bowling ball for a mileSTONE birthday? Close.
But there is one that has stood the test of time. The most memorable was also the most meaningful. And it wasn't even a birthday present. It was a surprise party thrown by my older daughter. She planned it from start to finish by herself. From hand-delivering the invitations -- women only, she specified -- to getting a cake and figuring out a way to get me out of the house so the guests could sneak in. She worked so hard to make it so much fun for everyone. I loved every minute.
And the thing that still brings a smile to my face more than twenty years later is that she did it all when she was only ten years old.