From the walks at Railway stations
And the talks on the terrace,
To the Sunday scooter rides
Through life’s many tides
You have seen me grow .
A few memories stand out:
Pretending to be asleep so you would carry me.
Chewing bubblegum onto your shirt.
Opening your suitcases in excitement.
Listening to your bedtime stories – Curly V and Emmaus.
Whispering Hope, Abba Father & Once to Every Man
The time you wore a suit just for me.
That first surprise ride to the Parapallar stream.
Seeing you at my graduation.
Talking about your first conversation with Ashwin
The hug at the end of my wedding aisle.
“Appacha? Huh? What? How can it be?”
Watching you play the same old games and sing the same old songs with Nanma!
Appa, I can’t thank God enough for you. I Love you so so so much!
Happy Birthday Appa, And as you enter the 6th decade of your life, I hope many, many more hearts will be healed and lives will be touched by you.... you are my first ever Superhero!