I remember this bday very well….I was in my teens and I wanted to celebrate my bday like how my few other friends were doing. But there was quite a hungama at home, when they heard this. They can’t believe that I wanted to celebrate it with my friends by giving them all chocolates. That was the smallest thing I asked – probably the Fanta orange hard toffee or something like that. And what an argument happened after that. The elders at home were shocked at my request. Then finally mom convinced everybody and she made coconut burfi for giving to my friends. Even at that point of time, buying from outside shops was a big no-no for us. But, I was very thrilled to take sweets for my friends and its the only bday I can remember as a teen.
I’ll get a new dress for my bday and another one for diwali. If I am lucky, I might get one for Sankranti. But that dress is something that I await the whole year. I yearn for it. I plan for it. I think of the colors, design, material all year-long. Finally I may get something that I’ve not imagined. It was totally fun and I enjoyed them all. The underlying thread of love was so profound.
Later, when I started working, my colleagues used to gift me with Crackle – the Cadbury chocolate, of which I had a great fetish. And I’ll get all kinds of cards – both hand-made and bought, and all of them made my day. I still have the card which a colleague gave me – written in C Language, since I love that language and still consider myself a pro in it. The love from people around me made me ecstatic.
Slowly and steadily, the art of celebrating bday parties at home became a ritual, with the darling girls coming into my life. The smile, the joy and all the fun we had, made the party justified. My parents actually enjoyed these parties and I was happy for them. The love was weaving a beautiful quilt around the family and I went with the flow.
And now, I’ve come a long way in the art of celebrating bdays from coconut burfies to cakes and poems.
The most important thing is the love that shadows every bday celebrated with family.
And here is today’s expression of love, made with love and for my love of life. Happy Bday to my love, my partner for life.