during the doctor's periodic visit to my elderly mother, i told him that mother would be celebrating her 98th birthday in few days. delighted by the news, he bent down and gave her a kiss for the occasion. he then announced that he, too, would be celebrating a birthday in few days and asked for a kiss in return.

when he left, my mother shook her head in disgust. "can you imagine, " she said. "seventy dollars and i had to kiss him too!