Birthday People versus Non-birthday People
My comment to her was that there are two types of people. Birthday people and non-birthday people. Birthday people go out of the way to shower gifts and attention to others on their birthdays, but expect similar results when their turn comes. They'll do things like announce that the whole week is "theirs", and they'll take off from work. They suddenly become very self-centered and attention whorish as their birthday approaches. But because they're generous to other people, others tend to overlook this short-coming.
The non-birthday people could give a rat's ass when it comes to their day. They don't expect a big parade or cake or balloons. They're satisfied with a card and maybe a small token of affection, but even these things aren't something they really feel entitled to. Similarly, they don't make a big deal with it's someone else's birthday. If they realize that b-days are important to someone they care about, they'll do something extraordinary (in their minds) like take that person to lunch or bake them a cake. But that's about it. No week-long celebration. No surprise mega-parties with confetti and party gifts. Why? Because that crap is for children, in their opinions. Birthdays cease to be a big deal once you become an adult.
I'm wondering if introverts and extroverts fall solidly in one camp versus another. In other words, are there birthday maniacs who are also introverts? Because I fall squarely in the don't-give-a-rat's-ass category. If you want to buy me a gift and make a big to-do over me, that's fine. I won't be overjoyed about it, but I'll be a good sport. But I'm not going to reciprocate in kind unless we have a close relationship (and about the only person who comes to this is my twin sister). So if you want to get angry that I didn't buy you something *special* on "your" day, go right ahead. Some people have other things to do.
How do you feel about birthdays?