For the past two years, Facebook has ruined my birthday.
My family-in-law has chosen instead of calling with well wishes of a Happy Birthday to post it to my Facebook wall. This is an option I think should be reserved for not-so-close friends and acquaintances that are only remembering it is my birthday because Facebook tells them so.
To further irritate me, there have been very few instances in the nearly 16 years I've been married that I have forgotten to call one of them to wish them a happy birthday and have been thoroughly browbeaten about it. In fact, one sister-in-law is so childish that one year we forgot her husband's birthday and didn't buy him a present, although we were reminded that day that we should call and we did. She decided that since we didn't get him a gift, she would then not get me a gift. We made sure that never happened again.
So, if it's unacceptable for me to forget, why is it acceptable for them? The SIL who's husband's birthday I forgot, didn't call or post to my Facebook this year even though she was on and posted things on others walls.
On top of that, no one at work wished me a Happy Birthday even though they have made it very clear to me that I am expected to not only remember theirs, but provide them a card and cake also.
The same goes for my husband! He got me a gift (earrings that I picked out), but no cake! Not even a cupcake! I always make sure he has a cake of some sort whether it be homemade or storebought.
Lastly, I realize that I am fully an adult (I just turned 35). However, I still think my own mother should at the very least take me to lunch for my birthday. I don't think I ask too much. I'm not asking for loads of money or expensive gifts, just a little of her time! She finally called me on my home phone at 7pm and left a message. She didn't even bother to try my cell.
I wish I could say that I celebrated my birthday, but sadly, it passed by like nothing more than another day. Facebook isn't really to blame, more it's the complacency that it allows that I'm irritated with.