It’s strange how time flies by when we are
happy and drags on when we are sad! It feels like just yesterday when I stood
shyly on the dais when all my classmates sang ‘Happy Birthday’ song and I
blushed furiously as they clapped and shouted my name. It was like I was the
star of the class, the only one wearing a colour dress when everyone else wore
the same monotonous uniform! I felt happy as I went to each bench distributing
chocolates, one each to all my class mates and two to teachers. Friends were
being extra nice to me so that they can earn an extra chocolate and I felt like
royalty when they kept on hovering around me.
Sigh! That was the memory of a seven year
old. This was all fine when I was kid but as years passed and I grew up, all these
seemed silly. I desired to celebrate birthdays with a big bash as they show on
TV. Parties! Oh how I wished I could host one. But no, I never did. My parents
were of the opinion that these were not how one celebrated birthday. Birthdays
are meant for visiting the temple and seeking Lord’s blessings. Every year I
would whine about parties but nothing changed until I finally gave up trying. I
had resigned to fate, treating birthdays just as any other day.
But that isn’t how happiness works. Its finds
a way to you when you least expect it. And thus when I had finally given up the
whole celebration thing, I had the best ever Birthday of my life. Yes,
yesterday was my birthday and it was so far the best one. The day started with
surprises with my little brother staying up till 12, wishing me with an awesome
gift. I loved it. Phone calls started from 11:30pm itself with my friends competing
with each other as to who would wish first. I was talking on two phones simultaneously. Of course I was enjoying the whole thing. Morning brought in more surprises with gifts from mom and grandpa, collages and a video of memories from my childhood made by friends.
My darling friend Nibha made my day with a
sweet post which had me smiling ear to ear. She asked me to write a guest post
about some memory associated with birthday but I didn’t have any. As I
mentioned, I rarely celebrated them. So I wrote a post about another childhood
memory instead. Read it here. Thanks a lot Nibhz for making me feel so special.
Once the initial excitement waned, I
started getting bored. Since it is exam time, my friends had declined coming
over and I knew that as usual this birthday was going to be super boring. Or at least that is
what I thought. Each of my friends pinged me asking when the party is and
when I asked them to come by, they stared saying “I will come after exams”
Seriously! What’s the point in asking if they don’t have the intention of
coming? I was getting frustrated! I kept mobile aside and started watching TV.
When I was in the middle of watching some
boring serial, my brother called me. I go outside cursing him for not letting
me sit in peace and I stop dead in my tracks! There were my friends, waving at
me and shouting ‘Happy Birthday’ and laughing as they saw my shocked
expression. I was the one who usually planned surprises and here they were
surprising me. I was told that my brother and they had planned all this months
before! My mom knew about it too it seems! I wondered how she had hid the secret
from me! I was still in shock when I cut the cake they brought but all the
shock wore off when I was given a full facial of the choco truffle! (Girls that
was so bad!) Yummy chats followed the cake cutting and we sat there chatting
happily without realizing how the time flew by so fast!
Like all good things come to an
end, the day ended too but I have loads of memory that will make me smile
whenever I remember this day. I feel lucky for having such amazing friends.
Thank you Minhoz and Sudhi for making me feel so special. Love you people
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