Happy birthdayweek to me
Wed 9 Feb 2011 - Wed 9 Feb 2011
Birthdays are a crazy thing, and the fact that I have a birthdayweek makes it kookier! I feel happy all week long and the feeling of goodness culminates on my actual birth day. Oh, I have threatened to have a birthdaymonth too, but that has proven to be a bit much. I think birthdays are like New Year- a time for retrospection, with a pinch of introspection thrown in. Time to be silly giddy, cuz you can! No one is going to fault a little or a lot of silliness. After all who has the gall to be grumpy on a birthday. Especially with pretty flowers, cake, candles lit, wishes made, greetings sung.
There are little mini traditions, rituals around birthdayweek. Mom has to anxiously start checking 2 days ahead if my bday card reached. This is no ordinary bday card. It's extra special, it's probably taken a week and a couple of card stores before The One is picked. And there's the matter of tying dad to a chair to ensure he makes the time to write in the card. It's all cute!
Then there's a ritual from younger days, thankfully not done anymore - the midnight phone call! A friend from teenage. Years would always call at midnight. Now the trick is, is it midnight in India, midnight in the US, midnight in Singapore, midnight in the UK? Which midnight, I say?!
And here's the best tradition of all: I don't go to work. Ever since my first internship, taking the day off for my bday is my way of sticking it to the man! I usually do one something that I have not done before. One year I went to a fire station, another year I went to the state legislature to watched proceedings. This year, I took a boat ride along the Singapore river. Check out the photos.
Happy birthday week to me! You should try it too.