Today was her birthday. She waited for her cards. None came. She sat by the phone. Nobody rang. Today was her birthday, but nobody cared.
So sad. Showcases loneliness without ever having to use that precise word. It might have made the scene just slightly more vivid to readers if some indication was made as to which birthday this was, but at the same time the ambiguity works. This was simple, clean, and effective. I really liked it.
Very sad, but also sadly true for too many people. Well done!
Was her name Eleanor Rigby? 😛