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January 9, 2009 - Steve Murch
Today is my nephew Ethan’s birthday. So I went to get him a birthday card to go with his gift. Well, that turned into more of a trip than I thought it would be.
Ethan turned 13 today, so he’s already at that in-between age — too young for kid stuff, not old enough for adult stuff (I’m strictly talking birthday cards). I didn’t want to get him something that was geared toward little kids, but the humor in the rest of the cards was too adult. I’m sure his parents wouldn’t have been happy if I gave him a card with some sort of innuendo.
While kids that age are exposed to so much and grow up fast anyway, don’t we owe it to them to have some things that don’t overpower them with adulthood? Yes, they get the jokes — and probably tell them to each other — but they shouldn’t have to be exposed to them by adults.
A funny birthday wish is something everyone enjoys and while I’m not ecstatic with card I wound up getting, it’s still funny enough. Besides, the gift is what he’ll remember.
My all-time favorite/stupid birthday card is: On the front it has a bull’s-eye and says “Put your tongue on the target and sing the Happy Birthday Song.” You open it up and it says “Don’t worry, no one in the card story could do it either.” Sophomoric, sure. But it gets a chuckle from everyone.
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