Happy Birthday Dearest Abbaji

January 5, 2010 at 11:35 pm 10 comments

When my father woke up early this morning, I dragged myself out of bed and croaked the Happy Birthday song. On my best day I don’t have a good singing voice and can’t ever hold a tune, but early in the morning it must have been torturous :). Maybe I shouldn’t have done that to him.

As he does every year, he told me that this was not his “real” birthday. What he meant by that was that when he was born, no one actually recorded births. The only indication of when exactly my father was born came from my Dadi (paternal grandmother). She said the weather was cool, the sun shone beautifully in the sky and the birds sang happily in the trees. Not quite enough information for us to really figure out his date of birth.

Anyway, when he went to school and college, he had to have a date of birth for the record. And subsequently he got a driving license and finally a passport so the date that was used on all his documents and official records is the one that we accept as his official date of birth.

Each year he tells us that it isn’t really his birthday but each year he is happy that we have bothered to remember and to celebrate.

My brothers and my sister all phoned him today – not once but several times – to let him know that they were thinking of him. I prepared a special food hamper for him of things he likes to eat and drink – a jar of honey, muesli, chocolate coated raisins, honey coated cashews and peanuts, ribena, raspberry cookies, rich tea biscuits, oreo biscuits, cheese – and I bought him a Levi’s shirt, trouser and a pair of socks.

I had wanted to take his friends and him for high tea to the Boat Club but he wasn’t feeling up to it. So we had a nice meal prepared at home and some members of the family joined us for a pleasant dinner and the chocolate caramel cake and trifle.

Much as Abbaji may protest the efforts we put into celebrating his birthday each year, he loves being fussed over. Who doesn’t? Happy birthday Abbaji. May you be with us for a long long time. Aameen.

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. shobz  |  January 6, 2010 at 12:24 am

    that was really sweet. May Allah give your dad good health and plenty more good times. You are a good daughter to do all that for him. 🙂 My dad does not know his birth date as they didnt keep records of it back then as well.

  • 2. Shahzad Khan  |  January 6, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Happy Birthday ! Wohoo !

    \V/ Live Long and Prosper 😛

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  • 4. rabia garib  |  January 6, 2010 at 1:19 am

    Happy Birthday to your father, Jehan Ara! May Allah bless him with good health, big and frequent laughter and all the goodies you can possibly pamper him with! He is lucky to have you… and you, him. Happy happy birthday!

  • 5. sabizak  |  January 6, 2010 at 2:19 am

    lovely, lovely post

  • 6. Fariha Akhtar  |  January 6, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Happy Birthday to Uncle Jee. May Allah(SWT) always bless him with good health! 🙂

  • 7. Jehan  |  January 6, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Thanks everyone. I shall convey your good wishes to him. I was so happy that he had a good day. 🙂 Anything we do for our parents is not enough. They do so much for us throughout our lives.

  • 8. rukhsana  |  January 6, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Belated birthday wishes am sorry I missed out

  • 9. sadaf zehra  |  January 9, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    belated happy birthday to uncle and regards…

  • 10. Hammad Siddiqui  |  January 11, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    How sweet! I pray for a very happy and healty life.


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