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Opinion

October 2, 2012

The card that keeps gives to recipients

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NORMAN —

Marsha’s friend, like some others, gives a card and never thinks about it again.

“But don’t you want to know what I finally got with the card?” Marsha says to her.

“Not really. Enjoy.”

Excited, Dan tells his girlfriend he got a ticket to a Giant’s game with his birthday card.

She remarks: “You got what with the card? You said you needed clothes. Now I wish I’d taken you shopping, instead.”

Folks smart enough to shop and choose a nice present usually fair better.

“Look at that great desk set. Wouldn’t that look chic on our secretary? Let’s check it out.”

After lengthy discussion, both partners agree on the set.

“I wonder, though, if they’ll ask us what we spent?” one says. “If they ask what we bought, they will know we went over the card. What do you think?”

They buy the set and spin a tale for the gift-giver.

Some know their friends well. Ellie takes her chocolate cake home with her. She immediately cancels the gift card that’s haunting her. She emails her husband about it. Then she enjoys the cake.

Her husband emails back, “Now what?”

Shirley Ramsey, a retired journalism professor, lives in Norman.

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