My jasmine plant makes my list of memorable birthday presents. Earlier this week on my birthday, my aunt and grandmother made a surprise visit bearing gifts – the aforementioned jasmine plant and a little Ganesh to "remove obstacles". Ganesh sits on my TV, and the plant has pride of place in the middle of my living room soaking up sun. (My aunt stressed it needs lots of light.) I didn’t realize I wanted my new jasmine plant, but now I wonder how I ever did without it. On the topic of gifts I got my favorite one ever on my 9th birthday. I remember how my dad stood in the driveway with it – this glorious, yellow 12-speed bike.