Sunday evening, me and my sister were supposed to meet my grandma and mom for a special “girl’s day” dinner. On our way to my grandma’s house, we were slowed down by traffic (bumper to bumper!) due to the snow. Needless to say, it took us a while to get there. After braving the cold weather and crazy traffic, we arrived. My brother was with us, and it was something of a race to the door, but I just so happened to beat him to the door. 😀
As soon as I walked through the door, all I heard was “SURPRISE!”
It took me a minute to fully understand what was going on, but when I came to, I was pleasantly surprised to see the faces of many of my friends and family smiling back at me. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, so I settled for smiling and fighting tears instead. It was a bit overwhelming to take it all in, but it was so wonderful that people were gathered to celebrate my journey and see me off.
My mom and grandmother planned it, and one of my good friends came over early to help set it all up. When I entered the first thing I heard, was some of my favorite Indian music playing in the background. A mix of ‘Balam Pichkari’, ‘Aao Milo Chalo’, ‘Teri Meri Remix’ and other Indian mixes.
One of my favorites, ‘Balam Pichkari’ from the movie Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.
To the left, on my way up the stairs, was this:*Bollywood
My mom and one of my close friends came up with this idea.
The world map, and the map of India were posted on the walls, along with a close up map of where I will be staying, when in India. On the coffee table, there were several fact sheets (that I wrote for my mom, having no idea she would do this) about India. Facts about culture, religion, facts and statistics about where I will be staying, pictures of different styles of clothing, pictures and descriptions of the Taj Mahal, as well as the festivals I am looking forward to celebrating. What a creative way to educate all of the guests. ♥ (I’m quite impressed with everyone, for putting this all together.)
Hollywood Bollywood decorations were hanging from the doorways and covering the tables. There was so much food! Food, drinks, laughter and dancing. WOW it was such a fun night. To my surprise, there was a vase full of money donated by my friends and family. I can’t wait to show everyone how I will be putting that money to good use. ♥
I received some wonderful cards and well-wishes, as well as gifts!
I have special plans for this ball. It’s very soft, and is also a small globe. I plan to use this to show children in India where I’m from. Older children may already understand, but the smaller children may not. 🙂 So when I’m playing with children, (like DN’s niece) I can show them where they live and where I’m from. ♥
After a while, we all gathered in the kitchen listening to Indian music and dancing together. It was so fun. I’ll never forget the memories made. ♥
Some favorites were ‘Balam Pichkari’ from Yeh Jaawani Hai Deewani, and ‘Dhuwan’ by RaOol.
Thank you everyone for planning this out for me. What a special way to spend my last week in the United States. I’m so happy that everyone is so supportive of my decision to travel to and live in India. I’m overwhelmed by your generosity. ♥
A special and powerful thank you to Nuwati Herbals for your generous donation! ♥
(You’ll be happy to know I’m taking some of your healing tea with me!)
Thanks again, everyone!
Have a great day India. ♥
Goodnight America. ♥