Friend Dave called and wanted to meet. We met. He tells
me this story about his Dad and a long ago discussion they
had about the birthday practices of the the Hobbits in J.R.R.
Tolkien's Middle Earth. Hobbits do not receive gifts on their
birthdays, instead they freely give gifts. In the long run,
this works out better for everyone involved, as you give gifts
once a year, but, if you have enough friends, you are
practically guaranteed to receive a gift at least once a week
every week of the year. How cool!
Dave's Dad died some thirty one years ago. To honor his
father, every year on his Dad's birthday, (which is today)
Dave gives a gift- a book- to a friend. This afternoon, Dave
gave me Randy Pausch's book, The Last Lecture.
Inscribed inside the book cover are the words
"Happy Birthday 3/31/10" followed by his signature.
This whole encounter was a gift beyond measure.