people, when first presented with the
trending concept of a half birthday, are
immediately cynical. Self-righteously
indignant. Wholly opposed.
"What!? Now we have to deal
with half birthdays. As
if we don't have enough dates to
remember, presents to buy, money to
spend, kids to spoil, occasions to clog
our calendar. Just another manifestation
of our decaying, self-indulgent,
over-pampered society, where everyone
has to win and nobody takes
responsibility for anything anymore.
idea of a half birthday can be a flash
point that for some is emblematic of all
that is wrong with us today. So go
ahead, let it out. Vent your disdain and
disgust for those scheming wusses who
would even dare think of imposing such a
diabolical occasion on an already
Feeling better? Good. Now
that we've heard your take on half
birthdays, if you could, please, indulge
us for a moment and at least hear the
other half of the argument. Thank you.
First, let's put this in
perspective. Given the vehemence of the
typical oppositional outburst, you'd
think half birthday devotees were
pushing drugs, gambling, porn, tobacco
products, or premarital cohabitation.
No, we're simply singling
out a day each year when hard-working
people can take heart in reaching the
midway point between birthdays (akin to
the 13.1 mile marker in a marathon) and
acknowledge it in some small way.
may surprise you that the overwhelming
majority of half birthdays are
celebrated for the sake of others, and
for entirely unselfish and considerate
Take the soldier who's been
stationed overseas on her birthday,
whose loved ones throw a half birthday
party when she's home on leave. Or the
divorced Dad who gets shut out of his
son's regular birthday party, and thus
takes him out to celebrate on his half
birthday. Or kids whose birthdays fall
during the holidays and are all but
forgotten, so their parents decide to
make a big fuss on their half birthday.
Then there are children who
never receive a birthday acknowledgement
in school because it lands in the
summer. Or those born in the dead of
winter who've always wanted a summer
pool party. Tough luck, you say? That's
life, deal with it?
They are dealing
with it. And this is how they choose to
do so. Who are we to judge?
Probably the most avid
celebrants of the half birthday are
beleaguered parents of newborn babies,
who are all too happy to mark the
occasion of their infant's six-month
milestone with a half-birthday bash.
Would you deny them this well-deserved
one of the things we suggest is that you
keep your half birthday to yourself,
make it a stealth mental health
holiday in which you cut back a little,
indulge yourself in small ways, take
liberties you don't normally allow
yourself, and no one else is the wiser.
It's easy to dislike
something new to you when it doesn't
seem to mesh with your life's outlook.
But be open-minded. Look a little
closer. You'll soon understand why half
birthdays are really taking off, and why
they provide ready solutions, and lots
of fun, to a whole range of life
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