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Happy birthdayweek to me

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.

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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.

Posted by Goofy9 18:00 Archived in Singapore

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HAPPY BIRTHWEEK Gitanjali!!! A smile came over me and grew with every word. You have joy in your spirit and are loved by many. Happy travels until we meet again!


by geboatz

Happy belated birthday! I agree that birthdays are meant to be celebrated as much as possible! So sorry that I missed yours. :)

by Laura Summers

HAPPY BE-LATED BIRTH-WEEK Gitanjali!!!! Garry and I had a good laugh...like always we hear your voice while reading your blog. It is easy to immediatly see in our minds the huge smile on your face with those beautiful big sparkling brown eyes twinkling! And then the giggle of satisfaction! I had never considered taking my birthday off and doing something fun...I like it. Especially the idea of visiting a fire station, now that sounds intriguing. Garry on the other hand likes the idea of taking off his birthday because he wants to "stick it to the man too!" Since his bday is in May, he's going to stick it to the man by putting on his sun glasses, riding his bike and pretending to be Easey Rider.

by Lyn and Gar

Happy Belated Birthday Gitanjali! My daughter has the same excitement about her birthday--she also celebrates it for a week. I think you both deserve to celebrate your birth. So glad you had a beautiful birthday week. I say, next time go for the Birthday month :),

by Dorothy

Thanks for the wishes, Laura!

L&G - sticking it to the man takes practice. Start today!

Dorothy - Please encourage your daughter to do birthdaymonth too!

by Goofy9

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