Then, Facebook came along and the art of the birthday wish became cheapened, base and anti-climactic. Anybody and everybody could now.
Dear Facebook Friends,
I owe you an apology–all 899 of you.
You see, for the past year, I have not wished one friend a “Happy Birthday” on Facebook. I have not written on anyone’s wall, or posted an emoji in honor of another year passed, even though I would get several reminders from my news feed to do so. I can’t claim I didn’t know. I DID know, and still, I chose to do nothing. The reason? Guilt. I could not, in good conscience, wish certain people a happy birthday, while knowing I would miss other people’s birthdays during the days I did not go on Facebook–oh, yes, there are days I do not go on FB.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I like Facebook. I like feeling connected to the people who comprise my world. I like seeing what childhood friends are up to, even if I haven’t seen them since childhood. I like that the boy who was mean to my wife in grade school complimented her on a photo she was in recently. I like getting friend requests from people who would not invite me to a party in high school. I like seeing your children, your pets, your sunsets (I could do without the food shots, except for @phillyfooddude‘s). But I do not like the feeling I get when wishing some people a happy birthday while completely ignoring others. I do not like the pressure I feel when Facebook reminds me that Dutch and 4 other friends have birthdays today; that Leanne and Jennifer had birthdays two days ago; that I have 27 friends with birthdays this month; that I could send money or a gift to them–all 27 of them… I didn’t even like when Facebook would automatically type the birthday wish for me. All I had to do was click “send a message” and the words would magically appear in the comment box. Yet, the guilt remained.
It was too much. So, I decided to stop the madness. I woke up one day and thought, “I can’t do this. I can’t acknowledge one, or ten or 500, and NOT acknowledge all 899.” It had to be all or nothing. I chose nothing–and that has made all the difference.
I must admit, there were times I was tempted. And I did cheat once or twice by writing a comment underneath other comments that indicated well wishes to the birthday boy/girl. But I could not officially write on someone’s wall. Hell, I can’t manage to send cards– or even a text message– to those who are closest to me. My bar is set so low that I can only make sure I have cards and gifts for my wife, sons, and mother, and I will sign any card my wife sets in front of me. That’s it.
To those of you who have mastered this birthday wishing in our modern world, I salute you. To those of you who have wished me well in the past, I thank you. And to those who have forgotten or ignored my birthday, I understand. I truly do.
Tomorrow is my birthday. I humbly request that you not write on my wall.I won’t even mind if you write on the walls of the seven other people who share my birthday on your Facebook. I just think it unfair.
Thanks for reading this. Thanks for being my friend. I hope that this year of your life is the best one ever (I used to write that on certain walls:). I’m looking forward to liking your next post, and commenting on occasion. Until then, take good care.
P.S. Laney and three other friends have birthdays today.
The Grinch is a fictional character created by Dr. Seuss. He is best known as the main character of the children's book How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1957).
I used to be the birthday queen! I can remember people’s birthdays like it is a superpower. To this day I remember a couple of ex-boyfriends’ birthdays that I wish I could forget, believe me.
I would always make a visit to drop off a gift, send a card, or make a call, drop an email, or sometimes a text. It was significant and it made the birthday person feel special, important, and cherished. People frequently wondered how I could always remember. I don’t know, I just do.
Then, Facebook came along and the art of the birthday wish became cheapened, base and anti-climactic. Anybody and everybody could now remember a birthday because they had a cheat sheet courtesy of Mark Zuckerberg. Gee, thanks.
That special crown I imagined on my head as the undisputed royal birthday wisher became as common as the paper one that you could get from Burger King with the purchase of a kids meal.
More recently I’ve taken on a new persona – The Birthday Grinch. Don’t get me wrong, I still remember birthdays. Within a week of the actual day, the designated person and their birthday will come to my mind. However, I find myself slacking more and more in making the effort to get online, go to the appointed page and type in the words. It’s become too much of a chore. As a result, I’m not as diligent on the empty, drab, obligatory “Happy Birthday” anymore. Sometimes I do it, but more often these days I’m likely to skip it.
That’s not right. I know that I need to dig deep down, break this new bad habit and find the birthday magic that I always loved to spread around to those I love. It’s time to begin to renew that personal birthday connection that always brought so much joy to those who were on the receiving end of it.
Oh, and to the ones whose birthdays I’ve missed in my new rebellious phase let me take the opportunity to say:
“Happy Birthday, (insert your name here)!!! Wishing you a (insert meaningless platitude here)!”
I’m sure you will eventually weed through the overindulgent birthday posts from the multitudes of people you don’t even know to get to my genuine greeting. A greeting from someone who you mean something to and who actually knows you. I’ll be looking forward to your general thank you to everyone who took the time to remember you. Most whom only did so after the notification popped up on their screen.
But, hey, you got three hundred birthday messages on your page! Love you…mean it!!
|“||It was Little Cindy Lou Who, who was no more than two. The Grinch had been caught by this tiny Who daughter.||”|
Cindy Lou Who is a sweet young girl from Dr. Seuss' storybook How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. She serves as the tritagonist in the 2000 film adaption.
She was a two-year-old Who girl who lives in Whoville and plays a minor role in the story in the storybook.
In 1966, she was voiced by the late June Foray. In 2000, she was portrayed by Taylor Momsen in the live action film of the same name, in which she has more role than her cartoon version.
In 2018, she appears in the computer animated remake (18 years since the Jim Carrey film), where she is voiced by Cameron Seely who was in the movie The Greatest Showman.
In the musical, Cindy Lou can be from six to twelve years old. She has four siblings: Boo Who, Danny Who, Betty Lou Who and Annie Who. She first appears in It's The Thought, Who Likes Christmas, I Hate Christmas Eve and Whatchamo.
She's clearly different from the other children dressed in red and white while she wears a pink gown. On Christmas Eve, she wakes up to meet the Grinch when she sings Santa For A Day with the Grinch.
She's played by two little girls every Winter at the Olde Globe in San Diego. She was first portrayed by Vanessa Hudgens.
In the original book and the animated adaptation, Cindy Lou Who comes out of bed for a drink of water when she finds the Grinch, disguised as Santa Claus, stuffing her family's Christmas tree up the chimney.
Mistaking him for Santa, she innocently asks him why he's taking the tree. The Grinch, sensing innocence in the young girl, covers up his theft by fibbing to her, saying that there is a broken light on the tree and that he was taking it to "his workshop" to fix the problem and then return it on Christmas Day when she wakes up.
Then, the Grinch gets her water and sends her back to bed, showing the only legitimate kindness that he has in his tiny heart.
Notably, though this is her only real scene in the original book, Cindy Lou gets a bit more screen time in the animated adaptation.
See Cindy Lou Who (Live-Action)
This version of Cindy Lou Who is different than her 1966 and 2000 version. For example, Cindy-Lou Who plots to capture Santa Claus to thank him for helping her widowed mother and her baby brothers every Christmas, something which will interfere with the Grinch's plans. She is voiced by Cameron Seely, sounding exactly the way the late June Foray made her in the original classic 1966 film.
She has blonde hair, blue eyes & thick, wiry antennae in her cartoon version than in the book.
When Cindy Lou first met The Grinch at the post office, they didn't get along since the Grinch was bad and The Grinch thought that Cindy is just like the other Whos who only care about presents which she doesn't.
Even though he did save her from the stamping machine, he just didn’t want to admit that he only did that because he cared. Then, Cindy Lou decide to asks everyone what they know about him and soon discovers that he has a sad past.
Later, Cindy Lou met the Grinch again after she found that the only reason he hated Christmas is because he had a tragic past and Cindy thought he was funny and not afraid of him which it upset him, but the Grinch decides to go to the celebration for her sake.
As the movie continued, the Grinch went bad, got revenge, stole Christmas and realized what he had done after realizing that Christmas isn't about presents, but spending time with your loved ones.
At the ending, he returns the gifts and gets a friendly kiss from Cindy who cared about him. Then, they become best friends as the movie ends.
Cindy Lou loves her parents and brothers, but she believes that everyone is missing the point about Christmas by being more concerned about the gifts and festivities.
After meeting The Grinch and know that he got a dark past which she feels bad for him since he was bullied by The Mayor and the other Whos. So she decides to bring The Grinch back to Whoville and make everybody include The Grinch to show them what Christmas really about.
During the celebration, her mother was lost at the light contest (delete scene) and soon The Grinch came late, having fun and almost almost won over, May Who gives him an electric shaver as a present, reminding him of his awful humiliation at school.
May Who then asks Martha to marry him, promising her a new car in return. This causes the Grinch to openly berate the Whos for thinking that Christmas is about gifts that they will just dispose of later, in the hopes of making them too ashamed to celebrate the holiday.
He then goes on to ruin the celebration by burning the Christmas tree with a makeshift flamethrower (although his actions prove fruitless as the Who's have a spare tree which the Grinch sees them erect before he leaves).
After the gifts were stolen by The Grinch, the mayor and everybody blame Cindy for ruin Christmas by letting the Grinch come to Whoville which it hurts her feelings until her father stand up for her and finally realized that Christmas isn't about gifts, but spending time with your love ones and know that Cindy was right about Christmas and knowing the true nature of The Mayor.
While her family singing, Cindy left to Mt. Crumpit and wants to tell The Grinch about Christmas.
Then she was looking for him, but decides to go in the sled and saw him by saying hi to The Grinch to his surprise The Grinch that she came all the way up Mt. Crumpit to see him and tell him that no one shouldn't be alone on Christmas. (It means that she always care about him)
Then she smiles at The Grinch which it make The Grinch very happy that she does care about him until she was in danger of falling off the cliff with the sleigh, the Grinch finds enough strength to lift the sleigh, the gifts and Cindy Lou to safety.
After a long descent down Mount Crumpit, the Grinch returns to Whoville with Cindy and the gifts. He confesses to the burglary, apologizes for his actions towards the Whos and turns himself in to the police as they arrive, but the Whos reconcile with him, much to May Who's dismay.
Martha turns down May Who's proposal and says that her heart belongs to the Grinch instead. The redeemed Grinch starts a new life with the Whos, commemorating the Christmas feast with them in his cave.
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Today marks the birthday of one of the most iconic authors in American history, Dr. Seuss. From “The Cat in the Hat” to “Green Eggs and Ham”, these children’s stories have overcome the test of time and have been read from generation to generation. Theodor Seuss Geisel, or better known for his writer name as Dr. Seuss, was born on March 2nd, 1904 in the town of Springfield, MA. He is well known for his wacky and imaginative storybooks that have touched the hearts of millions of children and adults. In honor of what would have been Dr. Seuss’s 113th birthday, BHW would like to share these 7 Dr. Seuss inspired activities with you and your little one, with each one just as kooky and imaginative as the Cat in the Hat!
BHW would like to wish Dr. Seuss a Happy Birthday and to thank him for always reminding us about the child within each of us. So, on his birthday, BHW would like to encourage you to make a wacky Dr. Seuss inspired craft and sit down and read a classic Dr. Seuss book with your child. We can assure you that the Cat in the Hat is just as funny as when you were a kid!
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Then, Facebook came along and the art of the birthday wish became cheapened, base and anti-climactic. Anybody and everybody could now.