Surprise - brother is having a baby?!!
I found out from my father yesterday that my brother and his wife are having a baby - in the next few days. Wow, was I surprised. And, of course, hurt. I did not realize that out relationship had ended somewhere along the way after he got married. There was no disagreement or parting of ways of which I am aware. I continued to keep up with birthdays and Christmas, but he rarely does. Anyhow, my father stated that they announced it on Facebook - at some point over the last nine months, I can assume. I am not on Facebook, and he knows it. My questions are: 1. Does Facebook now substitute for family contact as a general rule in our society and I just had not noticed (and as a result, I should not be hurt by the oversight in letting me know a new family member is arriving)? 2. What is proper etiquette for congratulating them at this point? Is a gift with card still mandatory, even if apparently we no longer have a relationship? Or, should I send an e-mail, or get a friend to get me into Facebook and congratulate them there, and leave it at that?