Today is dual celebration time as Mom celebrates her 67th birthday today. We went to St. Joseph’s home in Bombay Central. This is the same place where we celebrated Kavya’s birthday last year and it was with a sense of deja vu that I entered.
This time we did not go to the creche as the children would be sleeping (1230 in the afternoon). We went to the lunch room straight and found children waiting for us to commence lunch. They mistook it as Kavya’s birthday and everyone rushed to wish her. Then the sister there clarified… They wished Mom a very Happy Birthday and then said their prayers. Then the elder girls (must be 14 to 16 years of age) came ahead and manned the utensils with the food (consisting of pulao, garlic chutney, gravy, batatawada, papad and a sweet item). The younger girls came ahead one by one with their plates and were quickly served the food. Then came the other girls who were elder maybe 10 years and more and they collected their food. There were about 55 girls in all.
Kavya and me stepped out of the hall to meet a young girl, Andrea who was a year younger to her. Shy she was but then children have their own way of getting around with other children so Kavya and she smiled and got started. Some other girls also came and one of them even recognised Kavya saying “She had come last year”. It was good to know that they do remember these little things.
Mom was really happy that she had the good wishes of so many people in the absence of her elders / parents. All in all it was time well spent. Kavya is keen to celebrate her birthday this year again at this same institution. Just that she wants to see the little ones as well so timings will have to be worked out in accordance to that.