A Birthday Wish

Nicholson Baker has an extraordinary gift of observation and powerful attention to detail.  In his “A Box of Matches“, written in his characteristic stream-of-consciousness style, the narrator wakes up everyday to make coffee, make a fire, meditate, before the sunrise.  This habit evolved after his wife took him to watch the sunrise on his birthday.

When asked what I wanted for my birthday, I told my family that I wanted us to watch the sunrise together.  Lo and behold, on the day of my birthday this year, Monkey King woke me up with “Happy Birthday” at 5:45am.  He made me a thermos of green tea.  We bundled up little Lady Monkey and arrived at a nearby park at 6:10am.

The sky was overcast.  We walked around the park, feeling disappointed.  Then as if on cue exactly at 6:13am, I looked up and there it was, this magnificent golden globe peeking through the clouds to wish me a Happy Birthday!  I ran towards the sun and squealed.  The sunrise lasted all but a minute.  After this precious moment, the sun rose up to the cloud above, and was hidden from view again.

My family gathered around me.  I felt happy.


About Monki

I am a mother, a wife, a physician and a scientist. This is a life style blog about recipe ideas to try out, fun events to check out, being a career woman, health concerns, parenting doubts and triumph, and all the silly and loving moments in between.
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