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A woman waited in line just a few people ahead of me. She carried three packages for mailing.

The clerk said it would cost $53 to guarantee their delivery by Christmas. The cost was too high so she inquired the price to guarantee delivery on only one of them.

She explained that December 25th was her father’s birthday.

The clerk sighed ‘what a bummer’. ‘What a bummer to have a birthday on Christmas. You’d only have one gift.’

As the customer dug for her wallet the clerk commented, ‘I don’t think I know anyone who was born on Christmas day.’

My voice echoed through the crowded space –

‘Thank God I do.’

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