Happy Birthday to me…

On your birthday people may try to sing Happy Birthday to you. You could be in a restaurant, at the family dinner table or crammed into a boardroom with indifferent colleagues.

Wherever you are, it’s guaranteed to be awkward.

While people sing at you, you must look a complicated combination of humbled, demure, grateful and festive even though you know that Stacey from Payroll barely knows your name. It’s a high pressure situation. And where do you look?! Into Stacey’s sing happy birthdayeyes? Into the distance? At the cheap cake? Longingly at the fire exit?

Most of us will shuffle, smile, blush, stare at the floor and wish we had pockets.

This is why it’s important to have a Happy Birthday plan of attack. In order to mitigate the awkwardness of the situation you can employ these tactics.

  1. Take control of the song (don’t let the song control you). Fill your lungs and let out a long  foghorn-like  ‘Haaaaaaaaaaaapppy…’ and look expectantly around the room.
  2. Do conductor hands and lead the group. Indicate who needs to put more fortissimo into their singing.
  3. Prepare to put more energy into lines 3 and 4 “Happy BIRTHday dear Dennis, HAAAPY birthday to you” where the notes are  high and people’s voices thin out.
  4. When the final note rings out, leave a short break then unleash six rounds of ‘For he/she’s a jolly good fellow.’
  5. Shout ‘Encore!’ and ignore the subsequent silence.

Happy Birthday to you, squash tomatoes and stew. Bread and butter in the gutter, Happy Birthday to you.





3 thoughts on “Happy Birthday to me…

  1. I too like the “encore” but being now aware of adverse consequences of happily singing into mobile the BIRTHday song I shall just wish you the happiest day (until next year) filled with whatever your heart desires.

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