Emphatic Girl (aka Younger Girl) turns nine today. As it happens, the school district declared today a Staff Development Day, so she gets the day off as well as presents (she now has all the Series of Unfortunate Events books, a karaoke machine, hoop earrings, and a cookbook, and a gift certificate from iTunes). What none of us had expected is that all the venues in which she's registered online (Neopets, Willie Wonka.com, etc.) have little congratulatory screens and messages for her, celebrating her birthday. And she loves this a lot; already I have been called in to the other room to look at several different birthday screens.
I know that this is a simple programming thing--every Neopets member who has a birthday today got the same screen--but it has delighted the kid in the simplest way. And now she's in there singing old Motown hits on the karaoke machine.