You might not like being reminded
of your birthday, Father said,
but your mother & I do. Your
birth was a happy occasion.
What followed was both good
& bad. That was to be expected,
but what we didn’t expect was
that you’d be the last of your friends
to get a job, which you still haven’t
gotten yet. It just took you longer
to get started. You had to go back
to school. That wouldn’t have been so bad
if you were learning something, but
after all these years to still not know
what you want for a present doesn’t
speak well for education.