Crowdfunding Babies’ Birthday Parties? I Think the Line Has Been Crossed
I don't know what it is, but there's this phenomenon about children's birthday parties that includes everything on Pinterest that could even be close to relevant and goodie bags. (Which don't make sense to me at all. It's like saying, “Hey! It's my birthday! Here's a gift.” That just doesn't register with me.) I personally am one that is not a fan of birthdays at all. I feel gratitude for gifts and whatnot, but for whatever reason, I just have a hard time expressing that gratitude without feeling overly vulnerable.
I know. I'm messed up.
If birthdays are going to be celebrated, I say we honor the mother who birthed the person celebrating their birth. I mean, the mother was the one who did all the work during birth. All the child did was showed up — hardly deserving of a celebration.
With that in mind, I am at even more of a loss for words for people that try and crowdfund a majestic birthday party for their 1-year-old — a child that I would wager to say would have absolutely no recollection of the event in the subsequent years.
Once we've gotten to the point that people are having to essentially beg for money to throw “an amazing 2nd birthday for [a] blue-eyed princess,” we really need to prioritize. I'm totally OK with people crowdfunding medical bills, cool inventions, or even funds for someone to go to college. But money just so you can throw a party? I really think some introspection needs to take place.
As is mentioned in the article, a million bucks have been raised to pay for people's birthday parties. Obviously, people are willing to donate, so it clearly isn't that much of an issue with it being an annoyance. But that is just further evidence of where priorities are. Imagine where that million dollars could have gone elsewhere instead of into cakes and balloons and clowns and trained monkeys and activities.
I can just think of so many other places that we could prioritize our money and efforts that won't go towards an inevitably forgotten party for a holiday that I don't even care much for. What do you think?