My Sweet 16 Birthday that Never happened

When I was in high school and about to turn 16, I have heard about the sweet 16’s birthday parties and the fun those people had, and planned their birthdays that it was perfect, the people who had gone to those parties, the decorations, the planning all kicked off perfectly.

Even though I did not have friends back in the day, and those who I thought were somehow, I decided to throw a sweet 16 birthday party for me. As I had invited 20 people from my school. So now when it came toward the last couple of days to my birthday, I assured people to ask if they are going to be attending my birthday and they said yes we will be there. I got so excited. I remember it was April 28, 2001, on a Saturday and Monday is my real birthday on the 30th, and decided to have it 2 days early because of School on the right day.

As I had begun decorating, and had ordered the cake and the food, as well has putting some games so people can play. As the time was nearing for people to come, I got so excited that I stood by the door to wait for them to come, my anticipation was growing deeper. As I looked at the time again and it was 2pm where the time said on the invitations, I look at the clock and it said 2:15. I said ok its ok, they are running late. Then one person came around 2:30, I welcome her into the house and she decided to wait with me. then it became almost 4pm, and it was just her and I was devastated, humiliated, embarrassed, and crying so much.

That one girl who came to my party wiped my tears away and said it will be ok. Don’t worry, I am here. lets enjoy together. Who cares about the rest that stood you up? I said yeah you are right. So we enjoyed the food, and desert and cake and watched a couple of movies until it was time for her to go home. She hugged me and said, Talin, do not worry about anybody else, they are cowards. God is watching them. Then she left as her mom came and picked her up. My heart shattered to pieces. It was a feeling that I never wish on anybody else.

After her leaving, I let out a huge cry. I said, I cannot believe this happened to me and my mom comforted me and told me, don’t worry God will punish them. So Monday came and I was still crying and devastated. I did not enjoy my real 16th birthday, but I did go out to dinner with my family, which made everything better. I actually skipped school for a couple of days and just stood home. I just didn’t feel like seeing anybody. Then I decided to go to school on the Wednesday, and none of them said I am sorry and did not bother to give me an explanation as to why they did that. All the planning, food and everything went to waste, however we kept the food and ate it throughout the week.

From then on, I didn’t care about interacting with anybody and I just went about and studied, did my homework, attended all my classes, and then once school was finished, I’d never waste another second and just go home. I was so disgusted. That one girl changed schools the year after because her family had moved somewhere further, and that really made me even cry more. She was the only one who really cared. It was so nice of her. I still have the give she gave me 14-15 years later.

As I reached another milestone this year. At the end of April on the 30th of 2015, I will be celebrating my champagne birthday turning 30 on 30 and it is coming up so quickly. As I almost say Goodbye to my 20’s, I am truly hoping that I can have a sweet 30th birthday that will make up for the sweet 16th birthday I never had. I know it is not good to expect it, but when you’ve never had a birthday party reaching a milestone, it makes you wonder how and what might have been. I just want to have a great time with my lovely and beautiful loved ones I have in my life which really matter to me more than anything else.

Have you experienced a disappointing turnout at a party or function you have had? I am sure you felt humiliated and distraught. Have you had a similar situation where people didn’t bother to show up and not telling you why and not having the common decency to call and explain? If you have, I am so sorry to hear that. I know exactly how you feel. It is not a good feeling at all.

Hopefully nobody has to go through what I went through. Best wishes to you and may your dreams come true, because everyday is our birthday and celebrate it by the gift of breathing and living through another day. We are blessed and that is what matters the most.

In Honour Of The September 11, 2001 Attacks 11 Years Ago – My Prayers & Thoughts

The morning of September 11, 2001, it was a sunny day and I woke up, getting ready for high school,  It was already the second week of school, and I had come downstairs to have my breakfast, and after finishing breakfast, I had made my way to school. After 1st period of class was over, I headed to my next class which was Geography. We had began class for about 15 minutes. Our teacher then left the class for some reason we didn’t know, and there she came with a trolly and a TV. I said Oh were going to watch a movie, and then all of a sudden, she turned on the TV and the same time the same scene was on so many channels, I said Oh this must be a new movie coming out, and our teacher is showing us the preview so we can go see it as a class one day, but little did I know that it was really happening and that The Twin Towers, World Trade Center, Pentagon in Washington DC was hit and so many people had died, and buildings were blown up. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. At that moment, I started to cry so much, and so did a few of my classmates too. We were in awe and shock. So, then afterwards, there was an announcement over the PA System saying that, school has been cancelled for the rest of the day, and will resume tomorrow due to the Terror attacks in the USA. After that I went to my locker, grabbed my things and left to go home, Where I couldn’t stop crying because of what had happened.

I still remember this day like it was yesterday. I had the eery feeling and it was horrible on my way home. I was so scared to ride the public transit home, thinking something will happen while I am on the bus and thankfully I got home safe and I was just glued to the TV All day long. I still remember this day from the time I woke up and until I went to bed which was impossibly difficult to do, since my mind was in the states. After I eventually fell asleep past 2am in the morning and had to wake up at 7 for the next day of school. So I went to school and this was the topic all day and there was an assembly in the gymnasium where the principal, vice principal and teachers gave us information. This is where all the safety precautions started and everyone went to their classes and went on from there. I couldn’t believe it, but when it really happened, I just blanked out.

I just want to say my heartfelt prayers and my thoughts are with all families, friends, and to all effected by this terrible ordeal the world had to face on September 11, 2001 who lost loved ones. 11 years ago today, you all are on my mind, heart, and soul. My condolences to all the deaths that happened, and innocent lives were taken away senselessly by attacks that should not have happened. Today, I will remember all and my prayers be with you all and never let 9/11/2001 be repeated again. God bless and keep people from harms way always. Love each other and I wish for world peace amongst each other.