Friday, March 27, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me!

I turned 33 yesterday. And since the husband had to travel, it was left to the other little man in my life to make the day special for me. And I have to say, he did a pretty good job of it.

The day started with a card he had made for me the previous day. He was supervised by his grandmother but apparently the creative decisions were all his own. First the outside:

The front cover had his name written on it, with a square that just seems to be there to fill up the extra space, since he couldn't (wouldn't) offer any other explanation for its presence. The back cover completed the family tree with Mama and Dada featuring on it.

The inside of the card was even cuter. Now only an adoring mother can actually figure out what all these seemingly random squiggles are, so let me describe them one at a time.

The left page has a refrigerator and a slide, two of his favourite objects to draw these days. He claims that the squiggle next to the fridge is a tree though less charitable souls have suggested that it might be the artist's rendition of his mean, stingy mother standing guard over all the yummy chocolates stored inside.

On the right page, the thing under 'Mama' is supposedly a banner with 'Happy Birthday' written on it. Now, here's the thing - Ayaan can't spell anything but his name, Mama and Dada. But that does not stop him from pretending that he can. So he will spell any word in a series of Ns and Os and present it with utmost confidence. So if you look carefully, the banner has an O, followed by an inverted N, a regular N and then another O (and I think the squiggle just outside the banner is yet another N). And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how we spell 'Happy Birthday' in these parts. And underneath the banner is my birthday cake.

The card was not all. At some point in the day, I was told to wait while he went off to his room to get me my birthday present. He recruited the maid to help and after about half an hour returned with something neatly wrapped in a newspaper and told me it was my present. I opened it to discover that he had packed his giraffe hand puppet and a squeaky noisemaker from our Taboo board game which he had decided to appropriate a few months ago.

Of course, there were some ripples amongst all these idyllic mother-son birthday moments. Like when he got angry with me (because I asked him not to bury my camera in the potted plant in the balcony) and told me that he was taking the birthday present back and stomped off with it to his room. But then he woke up after his afternoon nap and decided that I had been punished enough and magnanimously announced that he wasn't angry with me anymore and that I could have the present back...

The day ended with a lovely dinner that the in-laws treated me to at China Garden, where Ayaan thankfully behaved MUCH better than when Parul, Kiran and I met Sue.

Thanks for the lovely birthday, sweetheart :-)

40 comments:

  1. Awwwww! That's so lovely, Ro. Thoughtful little fellow, he is.

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  2. Happy B'day to you!

    Lovely lovely totally heartfelt gifts!

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  3. Happy birthday rohini!
    And ayaan sure took care of you on the special day...

    have a wonderful and fulfilling year.

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  4. Happy Birthday!!! Lovely card from the baby.. It's a treasure I'm sure you'll save it for posterity. BTW-- you're so young! 33 yrs... I hate you! :-) (kidding)

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  5. Happy birthday Rohini! A card made with a great deal of love I can see.

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  6. Awwww! I can't say awwww enough for this birthday celebration! Happy birthday (again) mama. Hope you have such fun and love-filled birthdays for decades and decades to come.

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  7. Wow...thasts soo lovely!! Belated Happy Birthday! or , onoon in ur sweety's words!
    first time here, came thru google reader recommendations :D
    great blog!

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  8. Happy Birthday and such wonderful gifts from the little man!

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  9. WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY B'DAY AND GR8 YEAR AHEAD..Ayaan is such a sweetie..You had such a lovely day!

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  10. Happy Birthday Ro!

    What a thoughtful young man!

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  11. have a great bday - u look a very young 33- saw the pics of the blog meet

    lovely card and gifts from the little man of the house

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  12. How adorable! Looks like he made your day special!

    Belated birthday wishes to you, hope this year is full of only great things for you!

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  13. Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great year ahead of you. Have been reading your blog for the last year or so and really love it.

    Ayaan's card is beyond cute. U must be one proud mamma.

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  14. Happy Birthday Rohini...that was one helluva sweet card :)

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  15. awww!!! i LOVED the card...am just waiting for BB to get to this phase. right now all she manages is a circle and it represents whatever she wants it to :)

    Happy Birthday, girlio!! Have a great one.

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  16. Thanks y'all. For the birthday wishes and the praise for the offspring's creation :)

    [Big Zed/ Art] Thanks for the young compliment. Though you might not think so when you see the salt-n-pepper hair :)

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  17. So touching.....someone once said having a child is like having a part of your heart out & live in front of you.....reading your post,seems so true

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  18. LOL, so sweet. Can I adopt him please?

    Just inform him that Mother's Day is just round the corner ..... Such thoughtfulness deserves an encore!

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  19. Ossum...he's a born artist he is this boy....and in retrospect, they were being wonderfully boisterous, it was us cruel mammas who'd plonked them in a situation where they couldnt play....

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  20. hey happy birthday...
    Rohini, remember i told u sometime back that u make motherhood sound as so much fun :)...
    now i am kinda ready to give it a thought!!!!

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  21. ononon to you then!

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  22. [Pesto] Yeah, it does have it's cute moments. They make up for the non-cute ones :)

    [Ritu] Sure. Especially since on the weekend he informed me that he is going to get himself a new Mama and Dadda... :D

    [Karmickids] Er... the only situation I can think of where we could have felt proud of their behaviour would have been a WWF event - where the W could stand for Wrestling or Wildlife! :D

    [Iya] Now you're scaring me. Don't come looking for me if reality is somewhat less cute and fuzzy ;)

    [Choxbox] Well nnonno (otherwise known as thank you) :)

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  23. Such wonderful things, Ro! What a sweetheart:)

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  24. Happy B'day Rohini! Thats such a cute card, so precious.

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  25. awesome awesome drawings. I am floored. must send him a query to commision a card for a budday soon :)

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  26. Happy Birthday! I love the drawings and spellings!

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  27. Happy birthday, Rohini! I loved Ayan's drawings. And yep, I thought the figure next to the fridge looked like a mom too... :)

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  28. Oops, I misspelled Ayaan's name. Sorry!

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  29. vidya9:35 am

    Happy B'day!(belated)And yes,your blog is making me think abt having a baby too..:)

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  30. ONONONONON! :-D guess you know what that means all right- Belated Happy Birthday!

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  31. after reading your post, i'm hoping and waiting when N will make me a cute card like this. of course if he takes after his amma, he wont even think of making one. i dont remember when i last gave someone a card or gift!
    saw pictures of the meet. nice to see the face of the person behind this blog.

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  32. I think this is one of the cutest things I've ever read!

    Belated Happy Birthday, Ro...

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  33. Belated HAppy B'day dear Ro! And this was such a fun and cute read from a doting mother to a caring little boy! Loved it :)

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  34. Happy Belated Birthday from me as well. Kids do the cutest things at that age. Alas, they eventually become teenagers.

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  35. belated happy birthday to you!!!

    hope you have a brilliant year ahead!

    and that card was so cute! and your post just awesome! as always if i may add!

    and i just turned 30 and can asure you that you look way too young for 33! just accept the compliment with a smile will ya?!

    cheers!

    abha

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  36. did not realize we were the same age!..u are giving me a complex now..with your well toned looks and all (i recall seeing pics)!
    happy b'day! and looks like ur boy did good!

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