If you have a small family, this may sound silly. "Why use a special tracker for birthdays or anniversaries when you can count them on one hand?"
I totally identify with that. I grew up in a very small family. Mom, Dad, my brother Seth, and me. Oh yes, my maternal grandparents, as well. Six! We even celebrated the dog's birthday (November 29) so that we could have one more. Remembering the dates was easy.
Now that I'm all grown up, our family has become a BIG one and we're all close. Remembering the birthdays and wedding anniversaries is beyond memorizing. I need help!Our Family: one great-grandpa, my husband (grandpa), myself (grandma), our five children, five children-in-law, 11 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, our siblings (2 aunts, 3 uncles), their 5 spouses, 1 nephew, 2 nieces, 2 nephews-in-law, 2 grand-nephews, 1 grand-niece and another on the way. 45 people! And that's just family. Add many significant friends to the list, as well. Try keeping track of all that in your head! Not going to happen.
Sinea Pies is a freelance writer who writes frequently on HubPages, GVParent Magazine, WebAnswers
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