Tracking the milestones in life, and in death

Summary: The gift-wrapped 12-by-12-inch package was never a surprise. My brother and I had a system for our birthdays. I’d pick out a record I liked, and he’d point to his favorite in the music store. This is the lead of a personal essay about tracking our milestones in life through those of older siblings.

To read the complete essay, published on Nov. 3, 2002, go to The Dallas Morning News archive.

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