so, birthdays. kids nowadays have it made. imagine? they even have themes for their birthdays. frozen, pirates, spider man, etc. when i was growing up, we would be blessed if we had a chicken to slaughter and cook, and then share with the neighbors. there was even one birthday that i would never forget, as it was one of those surreal ones.
i woke up excited, but quickly got deflated like a tire running over a rusty nail, when i was told there was not going to be any fanfare, as it fell on the time of the month when money was low, if not non existent. to amuse myself, i chased this huge brown moth that had no business being awake in the light of day. someone said from inside the house, i forget who, oh you are going into some money! a brown butterfly like that means money! okey, moth, or butterfly?
but the strangest thing happened right after. in rolled, in his rickety bike, our town postman, with mail in his hand. it was addressed to my dad, and when he opened it, it was a check. a backpay or something. then my mom said, if we can’t cash it here in town, we will have to go to the city then.
my heart stopped. the city. on my birthday. with money.
hahahahaha i will be chasing lots of brown moths or butterflies from now on! i jumped up and down in happiness. sure enough, the check could not be cashed. we all got dressed up, piled into public transportation, (in those days, only the very rich had cars) and to the city we went.
my mom decided that we should have my birthday lunch at a newly opened hotel restaurant. you know, one of those places that actually had cloth napkins. i was bursting at the seams. so were my brothers. my pretty dress was quite tight around the waist when we finished eating. i stuffed my face with the food like there was no tomorrow. now you know why of all my birthdays, this one was not to be erased from memory, not even by electric shock.
but back to the present kind of birthday parties. alice in wonderland was my granddaughter Jia’s theme when she turned, wait for it, two. she was dressed just like alice down to the striped stockings which took two people to put on, as she just hates anything on her legs and feet.
her party was a huge success, with the photo booth as the highlight, and her unique birthday cake, that had one guest asking, does that still need to be cooked?
birthdays are important in our lives though. they have to be celebrated, even if we have to chase brown moths to do it. not everyone makes it to his or her next birthday, or some do, but then leave this earth right after. and if we have family and friends to celebrate them with, the more blessed we are. my mom used to always say, no matter how humble the preparation is on our birthdays and someone drops in unintentionally for the meal, it was always an extra blessing.
God willing, Jia will be seeing more birthdays, and more themes. the whole disney set of princesses will suffice for the next few years. unless she would want to be Jack Sparrow.
Captain Jack Sparrow.