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553. Every year he mailed his only grandchild, Melissa, a Christmas check. Every year he enclosed a note. It said, "Please tell me when you get this check." Every year she ignored his note. Every year he had to call and ask, "Did you get my check?" This year he decided to do something different. This year he "forgot" to sign the check. Two weeks passed. He called. He asked, "Did you get my check?" She said, "Yes, but you didn't sign it." He asked, "Well, why didn't you tell me?" She said, "Because, Grandpa, I knew you'd call. Every year you send me a check and a note. Every year I ignore your note. Every year you call me." She said she loved him. They said goodbye. He wrote her another check and mailed it—without the note. Someday, he smiled, you're going to have a granddaughter just like yourself. 2.3

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