Monday, October 23, 2023

the big day

Big A slept a lot and I had meetings all day, but we regrouped in the evening to sift through messages from family and go out to dinner. 

There was a lot of merriment. 

When I mentioned at the end of dinner how much I'd enjoyed all the jokes and giggling, At said "when are we NOT joking and giggling when we're together?" That is true and it was gratifying to hear the grown up kid validate that.

And perhaps this can be a "take-home gift" to anyone who sees this post--here's Talia Lakshmi Kolluri's amazing short story "The Good Donkey" from her collection What We Fed to the Manticore. I posted a link to this story on family chat, but no one has read it yet.

Pic: Big A with Birthday "bling," birthday cake, and a birthday smile. I know he said no party, but that didn't mean I couldn't go to the party store to buy knick knacks and tiaras that say "golden age" for all of us.


Nicole said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I love that your family is full of jokes and laughter. Mine too! It's just so happy. Also happy - TIARAS! I am here for the tiaras, you know I am!
I will come back later to read that story.

StephLove said...

Happy belated to Big A.

Gillian said...

Happy Birthday.

maya said...

Thank you, Nicole, Steph, and Gillian!
Nicole--that's my favorite part too. I have a picture of us with the tiaras, but it's so dimly lit and I look so terrible in it, I'm not sure if I want to share--haha.

NGS said...

I imagine your home is full of coziness and laughter. What a lovely life you've built for you and your family!

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