Her - “What am I getting for my birthday?”
Him - “My prayers, well wishes and lots of love of course! What else do you need?? I am your gift this birthday! :D”
Her - “Whaaatttttttt ?!?”
Him - “We will celebrate together when you’re here in Dubai!” (I and R are geographically apart at the moment)
And then my heart went ‘pfffttttt’ like a deflated balloon. It was my first birthday after marriage and I really wanted it to be etched in my mind forever. I then thought maybe R doesn’t necessarily believe in the type of romance that I do. Yours truly, like any other girl likes to be pampered with gifts (not expensive ones mind you! Even a single rose or a handmade picture collage would do!) and I was slightly disappointed that R wasn’t showing any interest in my birthday.
His birthday was on the same month as mine (August) but at an earlier date. I love surprising the people I love and decided to send a gift to him in spite of the distance. I searched online for Dubai gift stores and ended up with a particularly good one. No one I knew had ever delivered a gift via an online store before, and I was really skeptical. If the entire thing turned out to be a scam, then it would be an effort down the drain! I decided to go for it anyway coz if he could get a gift this way, then it would be totally worth it, otherwise I could tell myself ‘I tried anyway’. I decided to send him a cake, card with balloons attached. Nothing big, but that’s the amount of balance I had in my PayPal account. I planned to deliver it to his sister’s place coz that’s where he was going to be on his birthday. Everything was arranged and the cake was ordered.
I called the very same Dubai online store people to confirm the delivery on R’s birthday and was devastated when I found out that no one was picking up the phone. The word ‘scam’ kept playing out loud in my head and I swore that I would never purchase a thing online after this. About an hour or two later, I got a call informing me that the cake has been delivered! The relief and joy I went through at that moment can’t be explained in words! Later on I got a call from a very touched and a hyper sounding R who wasn’t expecting any sort of surprises on his day. I absolutely loved the feeling it gave me…
It was after all this that Mr. Hubby told me lovingly that ‘We can celebrate your birthday together when we are in Dubai’. Though a small expectation was there that he would send over something (oh come on! I am a girl! I expect things! :P), I consoled myself thinking everyone need not have the same thoughts on love and romance.
R called me around 12:03 A.M.
Him : “Who was on the phone at 12 sharp ?????”
Me : “Madhuri! She called me up first.”
Him (clearly annoyed that he wasn’t the first to wish me) : “Whatttttt ??? Who told her to call you up first? I should have been first! My net phone card wasn’t working when I tried calling u at 12! So I had to run down and recharge my phone to call you. Anyway… being first or second doesn't matter….”
Me (smiling inside at his cute attempt of consoling himself) : “Yeah, numbers don’t matter. For me, you are only first!”
Even if I didn’t get any gifts, the phone calls at 12 on August 31st made my day for me. I mean, when I receive such love and care, there seems to be no need for gifts and formalities as such. I went to sleep with a happy smile on my face, and I was woken up early morning by my parents who gave me this –
… Flowers and a sweet card -- sent by R of course! :)