Choosing to Have a Sad Birthday

Annette Nay, Ph.D.

Copyright 1999


Dear Annette,

I am totally bummed. My husband of two years forgot my birthday. My parents didn't call. Not even my best friends remembered that today was my special day.

Birthdays are important and people should keep track of them. I make sure I remember everyone else's birthday because I know how important they are.

I have decided that I am just going to wait until to see how long it takes everyone to realize how crummy they have been to me. Meanwhile, I'm feeling crummy on my special day. I want to go do something but there is no one to do it with because I am angry with them all! What should I do!

Angry in Australia

Dear Angry in Australia,

I had the same thing happen to me. I bawled because no one remembered. I was miserable for most of my whole day. Then I realized that it was my own fault. I decided that I was not going to be miserable on my day any longer. I called my mom and thanked her for giving me life and then I marched out and told my husband he was taking me to dinner.

Now, if I want people to know, I post a notice on the refrigerator of upcoming events. I circle important events in bright highlighters. In this way I am telling them what I think is important. I they still forget, I just tell them. I now have great birthdays!

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Annette Nay, Ph.D.

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