Amma made our birthdays special. Well they were special anyways because having twins is rare. It wasn’t one person celebrating it was 2, Also the school didn’t have twins so they were always intrigued with 2 kids celebrating their birthdays on the same day.
Amma stitched our birthday frocks. She had an old sewing machine.I remember she fetching matching buttons, contrasting cloth pieces, coming up with her own designs. I remember to this day, she sitting up late to finish a frock for the next day’s birthday.
When we were no longer small girls, we protested and asked for frocks from the local shops. But it is now I value the time amma put into making each of those frocks.
She also baked cakes- I guess once we had double decker cakes. She conjured up elaborate meals – curd rice with apples and pomegranates on top and bisibele bath for lunch !
There were school friends that gave us everything from flowers from their garden to fruits on our birthday. Like S, her mom maintained a lovely rose garden, an envy for many of us. Her mom sent a small bunch of roses from their garden to decorate our plaits on our birthdays.And remember she sent not for one, but 2 girls
and then there was another S. In Neyveli we had huge gardens. So while we were in the 3rd, this girl got us gooseberries from her garden for our birthdays. As kids, we loved eating gooseberries , the uncooked ones. They were so common in T.Nadu, we made varieties of pickles using them .
When we were in the 6th grade or so, we stopped dressing in “color dress” to school on birthdays.
I cannot remember how my older siblings celebrated because once the twins arrived, I guess me and my twin sis stole the show.
…Tomorrow my facebook timeline would be filled with birthday messages..However the ones celebrated in school will remain special always
so lurkers, be nice and wish me tomorrow, will ya ???