Today is my mom's birthday. I sent her a big bunch of flowers and some of her favourite chocolates with a big card signed by me and the kids, and phoned her to say hi and stuff.
My step-dad forgot it. He didn't get her anything, didn't plan anything and in fact, used a pre-bought card that my mom had in the drawer only AFTER she'd pouted at him. Is that lame, or what?
Then he makes excuses. He doesn't earn much. He works long hours, he forgets things, he's tired and always busy. Lame or what?
If someone gets me a birthday gift or just calls to say happy birthday, I'm overjoyed. I don't care how cheap it is, it really is the thought that counts. Some people get offended by cheap gifts. Not me.
What offends me is excuses. My brother never gets me anything for my birthday. If I'm lucky, he calls and tells me he couldn't be arsed, then we just talk about this and that. That doesn't offend me in the slightest. I find it funny and laugh with him; I'm pleased he had the decency to be honest and not insult me with excuses
What normally happens on your birthdays then? What do you do for other people's birthdays? Do you have a policy, like close family only for gifts, kids only, or something like that? Has anyone ever really offended you on your birthday, or have you offended someone by a breech of birthday etiquette?
And is my step-dad lame, or what?