Anyone whose birthday falls during the vacation or on national holidays will invariably have a regret. They would never be able to celebrate their birthday along with their school friends because schools will be closed!! Since my birthday falls in May, I too was a member of that bad-luck-club.
In the schools I studied, students were allowed to come in their birthday dress on the day of their birthday (only). Just imagine standing out with vibrant colours among those whites, khakhis and greys. Besides, you are the star of the day – your name will be mentioned in the assembly or class, and you get to distribute chocolates to all your friends.
Everyone wishes you or at least smiles at you. If not for your birthday, at least for the chocolates you’d be carrying. Non completion of homework or poor performance in tests are excused. The world suddenly becomes friendly and there is a festive atmosphere surrounding you, wherever you go. On that day.
Having seen countless friends happy and smiling throughout the day, having wished countless friends on their birthdays, having seen countless friends in colour dresses, I too wanted to celebrate my birthday in my school(s). At least once.
But I never got to. (Birthday) Cursed are the people born in May!
The closest I came to celebrating my birthday with a few of my school friends was during my 8th Std. holidays when I enrolled in swimming classes, part of our summer coaching program.
I adamantly took a box of chocolates, got into the swimming pool with that box, and distributed chocolates to all my friends (and others) in there. For once, I came out of that wretched swimming pool smiling.
How about you? Was your (birthday) luck any better?