No one expects a response
A tier of the messages that I found exceptionally hard to respond to were from the people I talk to every day. For the most part, family members and close friends either wished me happy birthday in person or left me jokey comments on my wall that clearly didn’t need a follow-up comment, though of course I gave them one.
What do you say to your best friend who texts you happy birthday or your girlfriend who sends you a present and called you at midnight? Most notably, there was my father, who texted, emailed, called me, and wished me happy birthday in real life. Side-note: I have a very loving family. When faced with his bizarrely off-brand serious comment of “Happy birthday.” I had absolutely no idea what to do, because he is my father and we were talking on Facebook, clearly a terrible place for parents and their children to interact, regardless of how often he comments on, both, mine and every single one of Supercompressor’s stories.