Why is it when I receive a new calling, everyone says, “Congratulations”? It’s not like I campaigned for them. It’s not like I was running neck and neck with some other candidate for them. It’s not like it was something I had to attain.
If I graduate from university, it makes sense to be congratulated. If I place in the top ten of a marathon, it makes sense to be congratulated. If I eat a two-foot-long sub sandwich in under ten minutes, it makes sense to be congratulated.
All those things are accomplishments. Receiving a new calling is not an accomplishment.
Same goes for having babies. I am so not looking forward to everyone saying “congratulations” in the fall after our baby is born.