Today is Raj's eighth birthday and for him it's been a long time coming. Having an older brother means that he has grown up very quickly and of course he wants to be just like Rohan and the same age too.
Rather annoyingly for Rohan he has the same interests but he is a very different character. All my children are bright and bubbly but Raj seems to have taken it one stage further and is a very charismatic little fellow. Ever since he moved here he has charmed everyone with his smile and friendliness. I've been into shops and they greet him, people who walk past the gate stop to say hello to him and everyone in the school knows him. In fact when he started Kindy the teacher had to ask the older children (mostly sixteen year old boys) to stop coming over to say hello to him because it wasn't fair on the other children. Wherever we go everyone warms to him - it's amazing.
So I guess I shouldn't have been too surprised as I waited outside his classroom yesterday and about four girls came out sobbing. "What's up with them" I asked Raj. He looked embarrassed and shrugged his shoulders. "They're crying cos Raj is leaving" said another boy with a disdainful look on his face. In fact Raj looked pretty disdainful too cos he doesn't like girls these days especially soppy ones. It is rather funny that he's so popular because I'm sure he doesn't bother with any of the girls in class. I have heard that he makes 'em laugh though. We gave a classmate of Amber's a lift home later and he said "I bet Raj must love it, all those girls crying over him". I guess at fifteen he was rather envious!
This afternoon he had his birthday/leaving party and although I don't usually invite more than about five children we made and exception as he was leaving (and ended up with twelve). It was fun during the games but mayhem during lunch. We just about managed to squeeze them all around the table:
They then all disappeared around the village for a treasure hunt with Tom trailing behind which gave Amber and I time to clear the mess. Then it was back for birthday cake:
and opening of presents and it was all over:
I must say a big Thank You to Ambi who made two birthday cakes, two pizzas and all the food. To Rohan and Abbi as well who did the games. Despite having all that help I was still exhausted! I tell you what made my day though (apart from Raj having a thoroughly good party) was the look on the little girls face as she won the prize in Pass the Parcel. It was one of my lambs and the look of surprise on her face and then the beaming smile really touched all of us. "I nearly cried when I saw her face" said Amber.
Tonight our young friend Abbi is staying the night - she came back specially from Uni to see us off. The children are planning more treats (groan) and then tomorrow night it's our leaving party at 6 o'clock. Wish you could come .......................
Dear Raj, I will try and prize your present off Dad soon: