I suppose that's why a memory popped up for me. When I was a freshman in college I tanked grade-wise. I'd somehow managed to float through high school with very little effort and still ended up in the top ten percent, so actually needing to study in college took me by surprise. Left me with an, "Oh....."
So I got to studying and managed to get myself all Dean's List worthy by Christmas. So what did this totally broke college kid give her parents as gifts? Little notepads made out of quartered "A" college papers. The perfect little notepad for taking down a message by the phone.
And, by golly, as I recall, my parents used those sweet little notepads for a number of years.
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