What means birthday?

birthday n.

1. The day of one’s birth.
2. The anniversary of one’s birth.

Wikipedia mentions several things about birthdays.

  1. The celebration of birthdays is not universal. I remember working with family who were Jehovah’s Witnesses and they didn’t celebrate birthdays.
  2. Some adults loathe celebrating it as it reminds them that they are getting progressively older–which means, closer to death.
  3. It is also customary to treat people specially on their birthday. Why not treat them special ALL the time? Wouldn’t people rather celebrate their unbirthdays because those can occur so much more often?

I always have mixed feelings at this time of the year. I love Christmas, but I’m not sure if I like what’s coming up before that. I imagine it’d be neat to have a special day in June, but maybe I just have to settle for a half-birthday. According to wikipedia, “most half-birthdays go unremarked, but they may still be celebrated as a special day. Perhaps the most common use is by people whose birthday falls near Christmas, a holiday so widely celebrated that it can overwhelm private anniversaries.”

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age. — Robert Frost

After Saturday, I might have to join Facebook for old people.


kurt December 18, 2007 Reply

i love the facebook for old people…hilarious!

some girl December 19, 2007 Reply

"poke with a walking stick"—too funny.

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