My sister and I have never had the best relationship. She is a year younger than me and though we are in our late 20's she's kind of a textbook sufferer of "middle child syndrome". I won't go into it here, but we've had our childhood/teenaged rivalries, but unfortunately it looks like I'm the only one who's outgrown them. I've lived overseas in England for the past ten years (I'm an east coast US native) and this spring I took a trip home (my first in four years) for our dad's 60th birthday and her treatment of me was absolutely appalling. My British fiance - who'd never met my family before - was absolutely shocked.
Anyway, that's a story for another day. This one concerns birthdays and holidays. Every year, my sister does the same exact thing - she sends me an online e-card for my birthday (to her credit this year she actually sent it on my birthday instead of the usual three days late), backed by an email packed with lame excuses: "I was going to call you but I don't know how to dial an international number" (er, for the past ten years I've provided the full dialling codes from the USA to everyone back home). The other one is "Look out for your b-day present, I sure hope I managed to get the address and the postage right." Predictably, every year the alleged present doesn't turn up.
Now, I don't really care about the present at all. It's the lame excuse and the lack of effort that gets my back up. My sister attended an Ivy League university, and holds a high-level position in a PR company. This is not a woman who doesn't know how to dial a telephone number or send a package by airmail. She is not one of these hopelessly disorganized types either. In fact, I am probably more disorganized than she is, and I still managed to order her birthday present (an iPod) and get it to her on time, despite being overseas.
I'm tempted to send her an email that says, "Hey, that birthday present you mentioned still hasn't shown up. Which address did you send it to? I'm wondering if I need to pay my neighbors a visit to see if they got it by mistake." Incidentally, my birthday was five weeks ago.