A Birthday

  • A Birthday.


    Yesterday was my birthday. It was one of the best birthdays I have had. Started the computer in the morning and I saw the Google emblem with the cakes and stuff. So I thought to myself, ‘oh wow, some one important has a birthday on the same day!” later on the day, out of curiosity, I checked on the image, and I about fell off my chair that it was for me! How cool is that!!



    I had lunch at the Italian restaurant with my retired colleagues, and all day I received calls from all over the world. I had such a good day. In the evening Sayeed had asked us to go over to his home for dinner. The whole family was there. Dave and Saadia brought me red roses. Don’t they look gorgeous? And Sayeed and Shelley got an orchid plant for me. I love the orchids that I have and am so happy to add to my collection. Sayeed also gave me a pair of walking shoes, which I desperately needed.



    Here are the shoes. Fit me perfect.



    Sayeed is such a gourmet cook. He made these awesome steaks on cast iron skillet and baked them in the oven. The marinade and the whole steak was incredibly tender and absolutely to die for. He also had breasts of chicken and parmesan crusted tilapia. Shelley hade made a potato casserole that was out of this world. I have to get the recipe for it. The salad of cherry tomatoes with mozzarella cheese was such a great compliment to the meal along with French bread. It was the best meal on a best Birthday.
    My children always asked me, “what do you want for your birthday?” I really didn’t want anything. But last night, being with them, listening to their talk, laughing with them, feeling the heartfelt happiness, that’s what I had always wanted. it was such a blessed evening. I cannot thank Sayeed and Shelley enough for making for me the perfect day of my aging years.






    The face book was lit up with hundreds of wishes. They are spilling over into today. I am so blessed,  and am so grateful to God for my beautiful family always.

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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21 Responses to A Birthday

  1. slmret says:

    Oh, my goodness, Zakiah — I didn’t know yesterday was your birthday! That sounds like a wonderful day and evening! The shoes are wonderful, and the flowers all beautiful! I’m so glad you had a good day!
    Happy birthday to you
    Happy birthday to you
    Happy birthday, dear Zakiah
    Happy birthday to you!

  2. Oh no. The images didn’t load for me. I’ll have to look on my computer. But a very happy belated birthday to you!!!

  3. What a great meal! The flowers look wonderful and I’m glad you have a new pair walking shoes. There isn’t anything more precious than spending quality time with your loved ones. Good food, conversation and laughter – it’s the best medicine.

  4. Happy Belated Birthday, SweetZ!
    Looks like a wonderful, sweet, yummy, joy-filled, good memory-making day in celebration of you!
    I’m so glad you were born and have made the world a better place AND have been in my life to bring such joy and kindness!
    Love the flowers AND your new shoes!
    Birthday HUGS!!! 🙂

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you Carolyn. It was a memory making day for me. I am so grateful for days like them, I store them in some old crevice of my brain, and on a dark day of despair, I call it out, and have a go at the beauty that I shared with my family.
      You are so kind, and compassionate. I value your friendship. Thank you. ❤ ❤

  5. beowulf222 says:

    Happy Birthday!!! All the best. And so much delicious food.

  6. whyzat says:

    Well, happy birthday, young lady! Nothing beats a night with family–especially when they cook you a delicious meal like that one!

  7. Happy belated Birthday 🙂

  8. marica0701 says:

    Wow, what lovely gifts! And those shoes look comfy and awesome 🙂 It certainly looks like you had a wonderful day filled with love and good moments!

    Happy belated birthday!

  9. I didn’t know it was your birthday so Happy Belated Birthday.
    Lovely gifts, lovely meal and spent with Lovely people. Couldn’t get any better.
    I am always so happy and feel so blessed with the entire family is together.
    I hope and pray this is a wonderful, blessed, year for you. Much love.

  10. r_hsw says:

    belated happy bday, zakiah. i too want nothing for my birthday, other than spending time and sharing a meal with those who matter to me.

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