I turned a year older today. Yes! Happy Birthday to me 🙂
My usual self would be jumping in excitement with the very thought of birthday but this year, things got a little different. Not only I felt totally indifferent towards my birthday, I did not want the day to come. It was a little shocking to me, given this change. I blamed it on growing older and continued sulking about the birthday. The husband and the sister were shoo-ed off with their very mention of the word gift. I did not want any phone calls on my birthday and had deactivated my FB notifications too. I just wanted my birthday to be an ordinary day, this year. Last night when the sister checked with me if I would be awake until the midnight, I replied no. The husband wished me a happy birthday in advance at 11.15 in the night before letting me sleep. When I woke up in the middle of the night, I was surprised to find a bunch of birthday wishes – the first ones from my sister and daddy. Without even realizing, I was smiling wide and all was well in my world again.
Morning I was pleasantly surprised when I walked out of my room, for there was a cake on the dining table and a happy family right next to it. Little did I know that the husband would sneak out of the house to bring back this Irish Coffee Cake to surprise me in the morning. It has been ages since I blew the candles or cut a cake for that matter. With parents happily singing and clapping around me, I felt like a little girl again. As usual, I got my birthday money from my parents soon after. While I was still reeling under all the happiness, someone was at the door and quickly S went on to answer it. To my surprise, he was receiving an amazon package and handed it over to me. To say that I was shocked would be an understatement. I was looking at S rip open the package, waiting with bated breath. The moment I saw a tiny bit of Nikkon on the package, my eyes welled up. I had been eyeing the Nikkon 50mm prime lens for months now but everytime I would convince myself that it can wait. I have probably read every single article on it and yet, given how I am – I decided to put off the buy. And S chose to buy it for me. In all these years I have been married to S – I have told him that he doesn’t pay much attention to what he gifts me. He spends time looking out for the perfect gift but ends up playing safe. It only shows that this guy listens to my every blabber and that made me emotional. My parents couldn’t understand why I was crying when I have a gift in my hands. Even if I try, I can’t explain my thoughts on this to anyone.
As my Amma is now making the customary birthday Gulab Jamoons, I am making plans with S to cook something special together. To top all this, S has taken off today and so have I. This day can’t get any better than this.
Here is my treasured birthday gift and my first picture with it –