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Old 05-18-2020, 09:32 PM
 
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We spent a extra on presents since we didn’t have friends or family over. We still did balloons, decorations, and cake. However, it was just us 3. This was back in the beginning of April when the lockdown was relatively new.

I find all the parades and flyovers really obnoxious. Do we really need this much external validation of our self worth?
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Old 05-18-2020, 10:33 PM
 
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I lived and taught in the suburb of a large city for over 30 years. We had six elementary schools (4K to 5th grade) each with about 500 students, plus at least six private schools with (I'm guessing) an average of about 150 students K4 to 5th graders in my suburb. That is 3,900 children who are "prime" birthday party age. We have been under safer at home policy for nine weeks. So, during that time over 600 children in my community had a birthday. Can you imagine the chaos if all of their parents called the police and/or fire department to ask them to participate in a birthday parade for their child or loved one?

Just think about that during the self-quarantine so far over 600 elementary age children in my community had a birthday. And, that is not even counting older children with special needs who may have wanted a birthday party/parade or preschool children or senior citizens celebrating milestone birthdays like 80 or 90 or 100 years old or children/young adults with cancer or other serious illnesses.
That's the problem today, even before this situation

Many only think about themselves.

A birthday celebration can just be the family, not trying to out do what someone else did.

Exactly,, seriously ill children is one thing, this is nonsense. Time to start teaching children that you can't always get what you want, because they're now going to experience that in way people did back in 30s.
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Old 05-18-2020, 10:34 PM
 
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We spent a extra on presents since we didn’t have friends or family over. We still did balloons, decorations, and cake. However, it was just us 3. This was back in the beginning of April when the lockdown was relatively new.

I find all the parades and flyovers really obnoxious. Do we really need this much external validation of our self worth?

So they can post it online and go "look at me, look at me". Very sad.

You're celebration sounds lovely.
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Old 05-19-2020, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Ft. Myers
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I’ve seen many having car parades done for them Others still have small gatherings with family and friends celebrating their birthday not caring about social distancing and the stay at home order. I’ve noticed some dropping off birthday packages on porches. These are some of the creative ideas I’ve seen on FB or seen people doing.
A few weeks ago, there was a local young lady who was turning 16 and we organized a car a van where a bunch of us drove by her house with signs and beeping horns. It may not have been a perfect birthday, but it seemed to lift her spirits a lot.
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