Mark worked in construction for a dozen years, then drove a truck and worked on loading docks. Mary worked in a doctor’s office, and also helped Mark deliver phone books for extra money. Eric heard a story about a woman who bought gifts for all the guests at her 80th birthday party, thanking them for enriching her life. He did the math and decided to mail 50 of his parents’ closest friends an invitation and a check for $50. In his email to his parents, Eric wrote that he remembers his dad leaving for work before they woke up and coming home from delivering pizzas after they were in bed.