The calendar shows July 3rd today.
Exactly a month away from my birthday.
Am I excited? Not really. In fact on my birthday last year, I cried in the shower. Emo.. maybe. The thing is, birthday at an adult age is just not as fun as the time when you’re a kid.
Back when I was a child, my parents used to have this double birthday celebration for both me and my brother at the same time. That means, having to share the same cake with my brother every year. That means, instead of having a “Happy birthday Cindy”, we had “Happy birthday Cindy and Kay”. Note that it’s Cindy and Kay not Kay and Cindy – because I would throw a tantrum if my brother’s name was mentioned first. *sigh* I know, I wasn’t exactly an angel when I was a child. LOL!
During those years, all birthday cakes at the bakery looked similar – only the colors made the difference. A birthday cake would always have chocolate rice on the sides, topped with flowers made out of wafers and butter icings. Mind you, do not even try to grab the flower off my birthday cake or I’ll scream at you. The flower deco was like the “highlight” of the cake and I would make sure my first piece would have the flower on top. Hehehehe…
Birthdays were a great way of having a family gatherings back then. My uncles and aunts would come over to our house, bringing gifts for both of us (poor thing had to buy 2 gifts. Haha!) and we’ll have this food fest. Well we have a large family from both my dad and mom’s side, so it’s only normal for us to have a grand food fest followed by the famous drinking session. *giggle* My cousin would come along to celebrate our birthday too. In fact, my late cousin Jublie broke my bicycle during one of our birthday party while racing with another cousin of mine! LOL! I also still have the beautiful statue of the Virgin Mary that uncle John gave me on my 6th birthday. It’s safely kept on the altar back at my parents’ home.
That was years back.
Look at how birthdays are celebrated by the adults now. Most would go out clubbing with friends? Have a booze with their close friends? Birthday bash at famous eateries like Chillis? etc. Do you see many adults that actually celebrate birthdays at home, with their families, BBQ, karaoke, dancing.. whatever comes to mind. I think the answer would be: Hardly. The reasons could vary. Most of us adults don’t live with our parents anymore. Most adults prefer hanging out with their friends outside than having a birthday party at home which could sound too childish. Maybe.
I for one, no longer live with my parents.. and they’re miles, miles away from me. But if I were to have the birthday party I want, I would love to have another double birthday celebration for both me and my brother. Back home, with my parents, my uncles, aunts, cousins and friends. And this time, the cake would write: “Happy birthday Kay and Cindy”. Bringing gifts for both of us are not required, as I know we’re both adults – that means buying gifts for both of us would be costly, as you can no longer buy us a Barbie and a toy Robot. Hahaha! Besides, I’ve already have something on my mind what I want for my birthday, and I’ll buy it for myself. Ahhh… if only this double birthday party could happen.. I would be the happiest girl on earth. And you know what? I might even invite you over for the party too. :B
And NO, you cannot have the flowers off my cake.