Two birthdays and an anniversary

Waking up alone in the house for the first time in a long while, I tapped the alarm. Pausing a bit, I set a timer for 15 minutes and rolled back to a few more minutes of glorious sleep. The timer went off and I bounded out of bed. Brushing my teeth I realized it was the day! Birthdays in the family and a work anniversary.

The sun was just coming up and the smell of percolating coffee smelled heavenly. I picked the phone to sing a song for my mom and bro. With sis in town, it sure was the time for a good get-together. Except that no one picked the phone. I left a message and sat down with my coffee.

Reaching home yesterday after class, I realized how desolate it felt. I was so used to having Amma stay up for me. Every single day. Have my clothes laundered and folded without my asking. Having tins of snacks on the island for when I might be hungry. Fresh food ready each day before I left for work and as I came back in. In those everyday little moments, I felt the warmth of her love. I also realized I do precious little for her other than accuse her of being partial to my siblings. So, Amma for this one day, I take back what I said. I love you and I hope you know that.

As for my brother, he has grown on me over the years. Growing up, I detested his quick tongue and his air of superiority over me. The first time I felt his affection was when he drove out all the way from South Carolina to Pennsylvania to meet my fiance K. All for his sister. Every time he calls and says “Enna dee?” I thank God for the circumstances that keep us geographically close. The day I was stuck in ice and snow, he must have called me every five minutes. In a way, that is what kept me connected and sane. Even if I don’t gush over you like I do with Amma or others in the family, I love you dear bro and I hope you have a lovely, lovely birthday! I am proud of having you as my brother and a cool one at that.

As if all this is not cause for celebration, I also turn three at work. The changes are there yet it always is a pleasant shock to realize I am starting to grow roots here. Here’s many more years with my company for me!

Have a lovely Friday and a gorgeous weekend!

14 comments

  1. Double Double for Amma and brother. Have great time celebrating.Every little thing you write about your amma, makes so want to be with mommy. But she is far away in india.

    And Happy Anniversary girl at work. what plans?

    And moreover, big sunday is coming, bringing K home.look how wide Laksh is smiling..ear to ear!
    good weekend( i don’t need to really wish you that for this weekend right?)

  2. Brothers! Can’t live with them and can’t live without them right? 🙂 – A very Happy Birthday to your mum and brother 🙂
    And yes, I too “accuse” my mum of being partial to my brother hehe 🙂

    3 years at the same workplace already – they do really start becoming a 2nd family right?

  3. Happy Birthday to your Mom and Brother B. I totally can understand when you say that Mom-is- partial-to-siblings feeling. I guess it is in us. I never understood the true love from Mom and Dad until I went to stay in college hostel.

    Having a sibling there for you is so much assuring and fun.
    As kids we keep fighting a lot and then when we go apart we miss them. I see the fighting part now with my kids already 🙂

  4. Hi Laksh. Happy Birthday to you mum and bro!!! I wish them all the wonderful things in life :). Also, Happy ‘Work’ Anniversary to you!! Well Done. May you have many more happy working years ahead of you 🙂

  5. Happy birthday to your mom and bro.Lovely thing having a brother and mom close to you. Enjoy 🙂
    Reg job its been 3 years wonderful…….can’t believe. I can still remember the mail(offer letter from fnis) that u had sent to us. Congrats & Good luck.

  6. Belated B’day wishes to your mom and brother and work anniversary to you too. It’s roughly 3.5 years since I joined my company as well.

  7. Oh…so its PARTY time!! Happy Birthday to your mom and bro and congratulations and celebrations for your anniversary!

  8. @Apar: Dank you!
    @Shy: yes. K is back and I am grinning!
    @Rekha: Hope your dad had a good bday!
    @Bavani: Yes. Actually today I had a long conversation with a person at work I have smiled at for 3 yrs but never spoke to. It was nice.
    @JS: 🙂 Thanks!
    @Manchus: Must be fun watching the kids interact and living again through them.
    @Spillay: Thank you. Hopefully many more years here.
    @Nandini: Yup! True of parents and in laws and basically all family! 🙂
    @Abi: I know. Just seems like yesterday this happened.
    @Deepa: Thambi 🙂 Thank you!
    @Suman: I will be reaching out to you towards the end of this year for career advice post MBA
    @Shalu: Sure was!Thank you!

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