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Grateful

Posted by Pepper on March 5, 2021

Today is my dad’s birthday. His 70th birthday! What a big milestone in our lives. Most of my friends (who are my age) have fathers younger than mine. So there is a newness in that number. I feel very privileged to be able to celebrate this milestone, even if its from continents away.

Let me be honest, I did sulk a little today because I wanted to spend the day with my parents and have our family together. But I quickly got over it and decided to focus on the blessings. We are all healthy, alive and loved.

Cotton and Candy wanted to wish their naanu after they got back from school. I reminded them that it was the middle of the night in India, so they would have to wait for it to be morning there. Since they were that insistent on wishing him right away, I told them I would film them and we could record a video message for him. I took a video of two little bouncing bunnies, clapping their hands excitedly and singing the happy birthday song. That video become the highlight of my dad’s birthday and I am told he replayed it about 400 times.

My parents and sister in India celebrated the day with pani puris. No fancy outings, gifts, agendas. Just happy mouthfuls of food and contentment. We had our usual video call with them and there was such a happy vibe in the air.

So today, I choose to be happy, because it is my papa’s birthday. And in lieu of his celebrations, I am going to eat cake. And watch a happy movie. And send out happy vibes to the universe. I hope you feel them.

5 Responses to “Grateful”

  1. Bhavani said

    Yes Yes can totally feel your happy vibes !!!! Bestest Wishes to your Papa. I love that instead of feeling sad about being away you celebrated in the best way possible in this situation.
    So so cute of the video thought. I can imagine the joy playing the loop over and over.
    I have done that of my little niece’s talks, dances and singing 🙂 still do
    Count your blessings !! Happy Friday and have a great weekend 🙂

  2. Happy Birthday to your father.

  3. Keith said

    Pepper, happy birthday to your father. Celebrate well and let him know you are thinking of him. That is the most important part. Keith

  4. Belated Happy birthday to Uncle! God bless him with many more years of good health and happiness:) Yes, I felt the vibes:)

  5. Aarti said

    Wishing your Dad a very happy birthday . May he enjoy great health and happiness always .

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