I detect a bit of class envy here. Talk about stereotypes.
Geez, hildy, break your funny bone again? You must be HELL to live with.
IMHO, everybody is just reacting to the sheer idiocy of this sappy not news article. If it is true, and with Reuters it is always a big IF, then I would say that the comments are pretty rational.
I'm from a large, poor family. Lots of kids, so nobody had a birthday. How envious we were of neighborhood kids who had cakes and balloons and presents. Thus, our collective resolve was born. We all worked hard, became successful, got seriously upwardly mobile, and now...we don't want the birthdays!! God is a very funny guy!
No class envy from me....I was being sarcastic.....
No. . .really think this is more about 'class pity'. . .
Or the opposite. :-)
"Hiring a stretch limousines to transport seven-year-olds to a birthday party is soooo nouveau riche."