I have a brother who shares some of my personality and quirks. He works in IT, and as I write this, his wife’s expressed some concern about how hard they’re workin’ him right now, trying to set up some social engagements so we can relax together as a family.

But overall, of the two of us, I’m more likely to be the unnamed cautionary tale in this story, and Graham would be more likely to be Daniel. I have never gotten this bad, obviously, but I have definitely done the oh-shit-last-minute-gift scramble often enough in my life, and I do sometimes measure my worth by things produced.

I try to keep up Daniel’s practice in panel 3, too, or at least adjust my thinking so that mental-health-promoting activities are among the tasks I assign myself. (Text to Graham about plans for a cookout… sent.)