You see 16 Candles and think "that can't really happen!"
Except...it totally can. And worse. If people don't show up to your birthday, that's one thing, but if you receive terrible or devastating news, or worse, something happens to you personally.....you'd be wishing for a birthday like the one in 16 Candles.
Here were some of those answers.
Not sure if it's my worst but it's definitely top 3. I was turning 9. I had saved my dollars up, wanting to buy myself a nice birthday present. Birthday was on a Saturday, my mother told me to give her my money so she could keep it safe. She went and gambled it on the ponies on Friday, whilst I was at school. So I wake up on Saturday to no birthday presents and my money was gone too.
The Pandemic Takes You Down
My most recent one.
I'm at college and because of Covid I couldn't drive down to my family. Also because of Covid most of my friends in town went home (I have a full time job so I couldn't).
My mom, as a birthday present, said she'd take me shopping when I got home, as I needed some new clothes for when I graduate. She died before I was able to get home.
Listen To Your Kids
We were playing laser tag. One cousin pushed me into a corner and blasted me for an entire round and the next round my other cousin bashed my face with a laser gun. They played the remaining rounds without me since I was preoccupied to having my bleeding face tended to. I told my parents beforehand I didn't want to invite them since they were jerks but they insisted I was overreacting and didn't want to insult the parents by not inviting them.
I have a cousin who was born the day after me. Last year my aunt wanted to host the party for his 21st the day before his actual birthday. So I was forced to spend my 21st birthday celebrating a cousin I've never said anything more than "hello" to. And none of my other relatives who were there acknowledged that that day was my actual birthday.
Happy cake day!
Very Bad Planning
Me and my ex husband had the same birthday. One year I had asked him repeatedly to take the day off so we could go on vacation. He waited til the day of and sent out a email to his boss saying he was sick. I didnt know any of this. I thought he took the day off. We drove about 8 hours to get to a beach resort and when we checked in to the hotel they asked him for a doctors note. He finally told me but to not worry, he would just go to a CVS and see a doctor.. i told him they would still know he lied bc the doctors note will still have an address of a beach resort town on it. So we spent the rest of our birthday driving back home.
Dad Made This Difficult
My dad told me he couldn't be there for my 16th birthday as his 'friend' (mistress) had booked a holiday for them. He told me this in front of my mother who was still in denial about the fact he was having an affair. When I got upset he would miss my birthday, they both told me I was a 'selfish little b*tch' and the world didn't revolve around me. On my birthday my dad didn't even call.
Trying Not To Ruin The Trip For My Child
When I was 11 my family had planned a camping trip which would take place during my 12th birthday, so we had the birthday party the week before.
On the day of my actual birthday, while I was away on the trip, my house was broken into and my new PlayStation was stolen, along with all my games.
My father found out the day of but didn't want to spoil the rest of the trip, so he waited until we got home to tell me about it- which means he spent half the week hearing me talk about how juiced I was to break in the new games with him knowing they had been stolen and I was probably gonna be crestfallen over it.
Tough day for me, but I can only imagine how upsetting that experience must have been for my father lmao
And 15 Is Already Tough
My 15th. I just wanted to talk to my bestie, but she was too busy. My mom had just gotten out of the hospital after back surgery and none of my loved ones remembered. I spent the day texting a guy I knew instead. LT, thanks. It was a really bad day and you made it brighter.
Living Our Dreams (Not Yours)
My 18th. My parents took me to a Penn State Football game (even though they know very well I don't like Penn State or football). So we sat in the freezing rain for hours watching a game I didn't care about. I actually tried to see if I could get my hand so cold that Id lose all feeling because that was more entertaining.
What A Blindside
My 18th. I was at college and my family came out to visit me for the weekend. My actual birthday was Sunday, the day they had to leave, but we did some fun stuff the Friday and Saturday.
On Sunday morning, my parents sat me down and told me my dog had died 4 days earlier, and they didn't tell me because they didn't want to ruin the weekend.
Then they left.
So I spent my actual birthday crying by myself in my room.
The movie Sixteen Candles is a pretty accurate representation of all of the stupid things we really all hope never happen on our personal birthdays.
But the world waits for no one. All people will likely experience some unfortunate circumstances on their birthdays.
And these are their stories.
Here were some of those answers.