I dont remember the last time I cut my birthday cake at home, must be Class 6, and I think after that it was the final year at College, I dont remember even that very clearly, being April born, my birthdays are usually sandwiched between exams and results ! Again, I dont remember when we started celebrating birthdays and cake cutting again. I think Stick and R got me a cake for my 2006 birthday, it was a memorable evening followed by a more memorable dawn sandwiched between a 8month pregnant R and a skeletonish Stick.
For my 2007 birthday, I invited myself back to R's place, bcos I wanted Mihika to be part of my Birthday celebrations. 2008 was the dullest birthday of my life, but I was glad to have family and friends who understood me so well. And I think after that, I have made sure we celebrate each of our birthdays more regularly.
The birthday party apart from buying cakes and gifts, usually involves making of the birthday bakra which requires more precision and planning than our work tasks even. Everything goes usually fine around the year, until its turn for my birthday. Being the most connected person to every one in the gang, its a pain for my buddies to draft their answers to my queries. So what happens eventually is, all of them start avoiding me couple of days in advance planning to escape my inquisitive questions. I try maximum not to spoil the show, but somehow I land up in the wrong place, wrong time, wrong person, and eventually end up carrying my own birthday cake to the party. 2009 was almost close to a surprise birthday party, I knew they put in lot of effort for the surprise thing, bcos towards the end of the cake cutting, they all left a sigh of relief.
Time flies, everyone has family commitments and we decided to leave birthday parties to family business. However this time I felt Vee deserved a special birthday cake atleast, not only for her, but atleast for the group to meet together once again. Birthdays somehow have a magic of unifying people spread across. There wasnt much planned to fool Vee on her birthday as it was already a belated one. However stick was consistent in turning up late for the event, which was like, we all getting fooled with her promises..usual stuff..
The highlight of last evening was the Strawberry Crush from Cake Walk. We have been avoiding strawberry all these years. Somehow Strawberry gives you reminiscence of all those cough syrups, gelusils you gulped down when as a sick kid. 2010 being a new year, we wanted to remove the mental block of avoiding Strawberry for a lifetime, so we went ahead and ordered one. Well, Cake Walk cant come up with something really bad. It wasnt bad but no where close to our regular chocolates or blackforests.. The other one we tried for Stick's birthday couple of months back was Blackcurrant, which wasnt very bad either, it was atleast a welcome change and more for my picasa album covers. :)
I remember this funny thing which happened at Stick's Birthday. Instead of admiring the gift we bought for stick, everyone was busy with their fingers on the Bubble Wrapper, bursting tiny little bubbles. I guess, each one of us have been there, when as a kid, we pinched those tiny little bubbles to burst them. Some things never change though we grow older. Little Mihika was also amazed with her self discovery when she found that these bubbles could be make sounds when they burst. I had to stop her from exhausting all the bubbles, bcos I wanted to wrap the gift back for Stick. She kept pleading to let her do it once more which seemed to be going endless. I wanted to shoo her away, but I didnt want to kill the child within. Some things are irreversible.