A Text Birthday Greeting Is Not Enough For Me . . .
Yesterday I celebrated my 69th Birthday. I am perhaps by my age considered 'old school' however that is farthest from the truth. But traditions rule my heart and support my emotional well being. They lift me up, and help enforce community and stability. So why then, do I find myself disappointed with only a texted birthday greeting from my siblings and life long friends? I think birthdays are important. Birthday cards are important and birthday phone calls are important. Texts, in my opinion, for the marking of birthdays or other special occasions for that matter, are a technological way to abdicate the genuine human conversation that shows that taking the time to actually engage is the true essence of the message. Many of you may not see it as I do. But exploding text balloons and hearts and fireworks on my phone pale by comparison to the sound of the voice that authentically wishes me well. I will even happily listen to your message. Moral of the story: Call with intention, enthusiasm and catch up. Life these days needs validation and warmth and reassurance. It doesn't mean I'm needy or waiting for the beckoning of my tribe. It is a simple request to have you ask yourself, did I abdicate the connection, or not. See you next year! Always, Betty.