The surprise that wasn’t, yet was

Be warned! This is a mommy-pride post.

It’s the cutest surprise party I could have asked for. Mainly because, the party itself was no surprise. It’s been in the making for over 3 months, and was held last evening a month after the original schedule.

It was a ‘late’ birthday surprise for me and N (by 1 month and by 4 days respectively).

The party-throwers were O my first born, and her bestie S (who O befriended when they were just 3). Their friend Z was the designated DJ. To do the driving around, R was roped in. My cuz and his wife were the delivery boy/girl.

And so came about the funnest birthday party I’ve had.

It was no surprise because O can’t keep a secret from me; also they needed my help to download songs for which they were to dance, and my permission for the many sleepovers that were required for the practice.

So I did think I knew it all… and that I would pretend to be surprised all the same.

I was banished to the bedroom from 1-5.30 p.m. when the first guests arrived. They even got Nilah ready.

It wouldn’t suffice to say that I was totally stunned by the amazing planning the two 10-year-olds managed. I WAS surprised.

From costumes, the stopgap green room (mismatched sheets over the cupboard), the menu (some of which they made themselves), the decoration for O’s room, that was converted to a stage… and the invite. I wish I could share the invite… Pictures of me, of Nilah, of both of us, and the whole family, with the sweetest post scripts and captions, all put together on smilebox, and sent out to my friends (most of whom did manage to land up).

The dances, the little skit, and how they even managed to ignore the two pesky brats who were getting in their way.

Is this how smoking pot feels? Light, floaty, happy, and at the same time your heart is so heavy and crunched up, you feel you can’t quite breathe?

I didn’t get a chance to hug O (and S) tight enough to thank them, because they managed to use the good mood of all 4 parents on the scene to sneak off to another sleepover.

I am so grateful for the people in my life. So GRATEFUL.

And here are some pics. Not of great quality, as taken on the mobile and the room was ill-lit.

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Umm Oviya + Nilah = Mother of Oviya + Nilah. Because in the Arab world a woman is first addressed as bint X (daughter of X) and then once she has a son (Y) she is Umm Y. I am not sexist, so don't mind surrendering my identity to my daughters.

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6 comments on “The surprise that wasn’t, yet was
  1. shyam says:

    I LOVE it! :) So I cannot begin to imagine your pride and delight, Mommy Vani :) The last photo of the little ones is adowabble…

  2. sindhu says:

    Oh! That was adorable…Such a proud and happy moment.

  3. UmmON says:

    Comments from FB:
    Nadira Mendis Amarasinghe It was a surprise party that you deserved V.. all the effort, laughs, and love… you deserved it all! And this is WAY better than smoking pot :) This is the kind of high that will last you a lifetime… cos you can draw on this memory ANY time you need a high!! ♥
    6 hours ago · Unlike · 1

    Deepti Raman So sweet! No video of the dance or skit? So would have loved to see it! Belated happy b’day wishes and hugs to Nilah BTW!
    6 hours ago · Like

    Vani Saraswathi ‎Deepti we were so ill-prepared. And it was in her room with about 13 others in the room, so didn’t get good shots or videos. will send some that might work…
    4 hours ago · Like

    Ekta Samdani Belated wishes to Nilah! so sweet & Vani iam sure it makes u feel proud to have such cute daughters…….
    4 hours ago · Like

    Abhi Abhi How utterly cute!!!
    3 hours ago · Like

    Sangeeta Shankaran Sumesh So very cute of Ovi! Hugz to the sweetie. Pls tell her that Svara is mighty impressed with her! N looks too cute with her lovely smile!
    3 hours ago · Like

  4. Nilu says:

    Wow…I wish I could have had a party like that!!! AWESOME!!! Very, very sweet!!!

  5. teesu says:

    awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww…:-)

  6. awww.. Such a truly proud moment , I can so understand ” heavy and crunched up, you feel you can’t quite breathe” and belated happy birthday to you….
    take care

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