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Getting a to be thirteen-year-old a b’day present….


Birthdays are special days. It rings in the celebrations, the parties, and the b’day presents and even if I am miles away from home, I still get the invites. And there is one happening in three days time. Meet my twelve-year-old niece who is going to turn thirteen, crazy about rock, presently into the hip-hop style of dressing, secretly trying to learn driving from her brother, getting shades of red and blue post basketball matches (all the while giving her mother i.e. my cousin palpitations) and is secretly an avid book reader. Well, that’s my niece.

Deciding on a gift for a to-be-thirteen year old is mighty difficult. Getting a DVD or cd’s of her favourite bands is kind of weird, ‘coz she has them all, thanks to the on the spot downloading options and the Amazon options. And unless I have an autographed DVD or tickets to a concert, it’s pointless getting into the rock music side.

A trip to my hometown or maybe weekend outdoor trip, say camping would be fine; if I weren’t miles away. So that option’s out.

Shopping. Now that is one thing that we girls, at least most of us, love to indulge in. Miles away, I frankly, have no idea what’s in her wardrobe and what’s not. It’s pointless getting her the same thing. Maybe asking her to order and choose from the catalogues would be an option, but that kind of spoils the surprise.

Well here I am running out of options. So the next best thing to do is to go online and start hunting. I never know what I may find. It’s not easy finding something that wouldn’t result in my cousin going into frenzy or my grandma calling me up saying, “She’s just a kid!!” Hah. The last time, I got her a guitar and since then, I have been getting shriek calls from my cousin.

Now, there’s this option of getting her a leather-bound collection of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Either that or the Harry Potter series. Ah well, she’s a kid but she is an avid reader. Now which reader wouldn’t love to own a book series? Too old for her age. May be not. Hey, the movies are out; so if you have seen the movie, why not read the book. But, not trendy. Yes, books are definitely not trendy for non book lovers. Besides with Kindle around, hard solid books are getting out of fad. But, I prefer books to be held in hand once in a while.

Let me remember, the best b’day gift that I got as a twelve-year-old was my own cd player. That was like almost a decade ago. It’s definitely not an option now. Besides, she already has an iPod. A birthday gift when she turned eleven.

Great, I am in awesome fix. Three days more. Need a surprise. So, what do you get a twelve-year-old that is cool, trendy and something that she doesn’t have and something that won’t send my cousin sister into frenzy?!!

What was the best birthday gift that you got as a twelve-year-old?

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Cutting your piece of the cake…

Last week was my niece’s b’day !!! She blew off her three candles admist loud cheers and  hugs. And oh yes, there was the traditional cake cutting ceremony, where in her fourth year of life started off with a big piece of cake. Philosphically looking at it, I often wonder why most birthdays are celebrated by cutting the cake. Seriously, no one rings in their new year by cutting a pie, digging into the pudding or ice-cream. The best birthday celebrations have to have that piece o’ cake, it may be home-baked or ordered, with or without cream !! Not that I belong to an “anti-cake squad”, I just wonder if it has any significance attached to birthdays being celebrated by cutting a cake, any symbolic meaning perhaps!!

Thinking about it, maybe our years untill our birthday can be summed up in a cake ( and I don’t mean in “easy” as when we say a piece of cake !!) , lit by the candles. I wonder what each person thinks as they blow the candles out. Maybe thoughts of what the past years have brought about. Or about the trials and trying times underwent so far. Or of the near-misses, lessons learnt and second chances. Or hoping that tomorrow will turn out to be better. What ever it may be, we close our eyes, make a wish, blow out the candles and cut that piece of cake !!

It’s hope that makes us look forward to the next year in our life. Hope for a new change, a new start or just some good ol’ luck (Like my grandmother who has been pining for great-grand kids for the past couple of days, after effects of long distance calls  to her grand-kids maybe!! ). But when times get tough, you kind of look back, sift through the happy moments and for some, b’days kind of bring a smile. For others, those without celebrations or who couldn’t celebrate, it brings in another year to achieve more, hope in something new. That’s what b’days signify, another year of hope and dreams; a year of new beginnings and wishes. And that’s what happens when you cut your piece of cake !! You make a new hope, a wish, and a dream to achieve that wish. And the next year of your life unfolds, another year of learning and moments.