Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Happy Sixth Birthday Abhay!


Yesterday was a special day for me as my little one (not-so-little-one-anymore!) just turned six! It felt like déjà vu seeing Abhay go to school dressed in colored clothes with chocolates to distribute amongst his classmates and teachers! Abhay couldn’t contain his excitement the previous night and had no issues with waking up at the crack of dawn! I feel birthdays are always meant to be celebrated, no matter how old one gets! Whereas my husband grew up believing that birthdays are a low-key affair. So imagine my shock on my first birthday after marriage!!:-) Well….we’ve now come a long way and have since evolved from our once steadfastly held opinions! J So though we have a birthday celebration planned this weekend with friends, nevertheless we tried to make yesterday special with only close family around. What’s a birthday without a cake……right? With his birthday cake ordered for the party on Saturday, I tried my hand at baking cupcakes and managed to frost them to suit his taste buds! (for which I took baking lessons last weekend!). So amidst all the goodies and sweet treats dished out by his mom, his maternal and paternal grandmas, Abhay blew his “No.6” birthday candle and so went on Part-1 of Abhay’s  birthday celebration! Happy Birthday Abhay! J

I had to read him a birthday book and what better book than “Dr. Seuss Happy Birthday to you” ! Since I could not lay my hands on the hard bound book, I downloaded the app from Oceanhouse media. A great book to read on your little one’s birthday and tell him about the way a birthday is celebrated in Katroo, a fictitious place like many of the characters and places in Dr. Suess books. Awakened by the birthday bird, the birthday star is flown out of town on a smorgasboard’s back, with birthday horns sounding their special birthday horn,  and offered an all-you-can-eat-breakfast that is only a beginning to a day-long feast that the birthday boy or girl is treated to …when in Katroo. Catch your little one laugh as you read to him “Today you are you, that is true-er than true. There is no one alive who is you-re than you!” or the hilarious “If you’d never been born, what would you be? You might be a fish or a toad in tree, you might be a door knob!
Or three baked potatoes! You might be a bag full of hard green tomatoes.
Or worse than all that... why, you might be a WASN’T!
A Wasn't has no fun at all. No, he doesn't. A Wasn't just isn't.
He just isn't present.
But you... you ARE YOU! And now, isn't that pleasant!
!” J
A great book, however a tad too long that captures the thrill of celebrating a birthday with all the pomp and splendor that made me want to go back to being a kid! Well….we just hope Abhay had fun too just like the kid in Katroo! J

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