Are You a Half Birthday Hater?
Some 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. Jeez!"
Yes, the 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
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.
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.
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.
surprise you that the overwhelming majority of half
birthdays are celebrated for the sake of others, and
for entirely unselfish and considerate reasons.
soldier who's been fighting 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?
dealing with it. And this is how they choose to do so.
Who are we to judge?
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 break?
Halfbirthday.com, 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
birthday ideas, gifts, party supplies, free ecards,
evites and more, visit Halfbirthday.com. For more
information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.