By Anonymous - 26/6/2021 14:15 - United States

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Today, I'm still trying not to cry. Yesterday was by birthday. I got an e-mail from my dad with three words, "Happy Birthday (nickname)". I got a Facebook post from my mother. No card. No phone call. No gift. I have become nothing more than a Facebook friend to my parents. FML
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By  TexasKitten79  |  6

How old are you?
There comes a point I. your adult life where parents stop buying birthday gifts (for most people). It's just part of growing up.

although, a phone call would have been nice.

By  Chazzster  |  21

Happy birthday fellow inhabitant of earth! I am sorry your birthday was disappointing, but you are still alive and I assume healthy. And that’s a very good thing!

At some point parents stop making such a big fuss over their grown children’s birthdays. Usually it settles into just a card or a phone call. But many people consider something electronic as the same as a physical card, so at least you got something…

The other possible side of it is that when prior gifts are not acknowledged, then that’s often the end of future gifts. Did you always promptly thank your parents for birthday and other gifts in the past with a phone call or card? If not that could be an explanation. Personally, I stopped sending gifts and cards to my son when I realized he never acknowledged my gifts or cards at all. I first went to card and no gift and then eventually to no card when he never acknowledged any of the previous gifts or cards. It’s part of the “social contract” - If you want to be treated well, treat others in your life well.

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By  TexasKitten79  |  6

How old are you?
There comes a point I. your adult life where parents stop buying birthday gifts (for most people). It's just part of growing up.

although, a phone call would have been nice.

By  Ellimac21  |  12

I am sorry this is happening to you. Has your relationship with your parents always been like this? Do you call them for their birthday? It could be a tiny payback...
Perhaps they did not have any ill intent, they may have thought you were busy nd that it would be enough? Doesn't mean they don't love you. Have you thought about calling them and tell them about your feelings? Just saying "hey, I saw you did not tried to call and I am a bit hurt by this..." Thay may not have realized it would hurt you so much.

And belated Happy Birthday from a stranger!

By  Chazzster  |  21

Happy birthday fellow inhabitant of earth! I am sorry your birthday was disappointing, but you are still alive and I assume healthy. And that’s a very good thing!

At some point parents stop making such a big fuss over their grown children’s birthdays. Usually it settles into just a card or a phone call. But many people consider something electronic as the same as a physical card, so at least you got something…

The other possible side of it is that when prior gifts are not acknowledged, then that’s often the end of future gifts. Did you always promptly thank your parents for birthday and other gifts in the past with a phone call or card? If not that could be an explanation. Personally, I stopped sending gifts and cards to my son when I realized he never acknowledged my gifts or cards at all. I first went to card and no gift and then eventually to no card when he never acknowledged any of the previous gifts or cards. It’s part of the “social contract” - If you want to be treated well, treat others in your life well.

By  rotflqtms_  |  19

As you get older, people stop celebrating your birthday. I think the last time my birthday got celebrated was my 21st birthday. After that, I got birthday calls and cards, then calls, then just text messages possibly. It is something that comes with getting older. Sometimes they even just forget all together.

By  voltroz  |  18

Get over it. Karma is a bitch, what goes wrong comes round. You can leave them to their own demise when they are old and frail. Keep your chin up. You are greater than those meaningless FB birthday greetings

By  buddhist_babe88  |  5

to be honest I don't care about the gifts aspect. I've had years, yes years, where my own family has not remembered my birthday at all. even worse. my nephews birthday is the day after mine. and they all wished him happy birthday on our family group chat, but didn't remember mine.

By  jobekka  |  17

when I was young my mother would always come in a wake me on my birthday with song. but one year she didn't come, so i ended up laying in bed crying for hours because she forgot me. when i finally got up and went out to her, she got really shocked that i was sad. she had waited cause she thought I would like to sleep in. it's better just to pick up the phone and call them yourself next time, if you wanna talk with your parents on your birthday call them :) or visit.