Yesterday in exercise class we sang happy birthday to the instructor. It was as pathetic a rendition I’ve ever heard. Some people were mumbling and some I suspect were lip synching. I hate when people sing happy birthday in public, especially to me. We go to this restaurant that serves the birthday person a special, free dessert along with a side of ‘happy birthday.’ I want to slither under the table or disappear with my own invisible cloak. Just give me my free dessert and leave. Don’t announce it over the PA system and encourage other diners to clap their hands and sing along with. This is not a fun Disney sing-a-long.

My local dinner theater is notorious for singling out birthday people. The MC will announce wedding anniversaries, engagements, birthdays and botched plastic surgeries. By the time he’s done the birthday boy or girl is another year older.

What’s next? Will grocery stores and movie theaters start announcing birthdays? If so this would come to an abrupt halt if the birthday boy or girl had to make enough cupcakes to share with the group, the way kids in school do. Yep, if bringing in a treat, bring for the whole class, even the kids you don’t like; happy birthday to you. Watching the kids at school hand out the goodies I considered myself lucky since my birthday fell during the summer. Yep, my birthday is July 17, but no need to make a fuss or a big announcement. July 17 will come and go just like any other day. Let’s keep it between us.


You know you are getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.
– Bob Hope

2 Responses to “Birthday Announcement”

  • rita says:

    i know of one store that has done birthday annoucements at one point in time. i made it a point not to tell anyone my date.

  • Robert Burns says:

    I don’t think this is a bad idea. It’s just their way of greeting the birthday celebrant and handing him a bday treat. I know it’s embarrassing to be the center of attention, but it just happens once a year!

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