I am seriously underappreciated around here.
Tonight at dinner my MiL asked what the date was and announced that tomorrow is my sister-in-law's birthday. Discussion ensued about what on earth to do for her. I suggested we get her a cake. Since she doesn't live nearby, the likelihood of her coming to our house, even for cake, is small. So we'd have to eat it ourselves. We could have hats and noisemakers. There would be singing. We could put a video on YouTube of us eating cake, for authenticity. We'd need a banner behind us that says "Happy Birthday ______*," again for authenticity.
And while we're at it, we should have banners printed up with all our friends' names on them. And get several cakes. And eat them. While videotaping ourselves. We could archive the videos and send them out when each friend's birthday came around. It's like buying cards at Hallmark.
If people sent me links to videos of themselves eating cake on my birthday**, with a big banner over their heads that said "Happy Birthday Susan! You are totally THE BEST!!!" I would be quite pleased. And then I'd start looking for my presents. But not everyone is like me and most would probably stop at the quite pleased part. And if they didn't, well phooey on them.
You will be surprised to know that not only was I outvoted on this as a proper SiL celebration, the rest of the family did not even act as though it was worthy of a vote. Nor did they like my idea of a Singing Chickengram. I am completely wasted on these people.
So let it be known that if my SiL's birthday is a flop, it is not my fault. Oh yes, she might get cards and flowers and those exploding fruit kebabs. But will she get cake videos? No.
Just between you and me, I plan on sneaking off to a bakery and eating a cake in her honor. I am sure she will feel the love.
* Insert code name for SiL. I haven't come up with one and am open to suggestions.
** August 8th