in fact, because he has only one much older sibling & few cousins, none of whom live nearby, his friends mean a lot to him. as parents, we try to provide him opportunities to fellowship & give him a sense of belonging outside of family ties.
and for one day a year, he is the centre of attention. who doesn't relish that?
& he gets the applause appropriate to the occasion....
for a child, all innocent & impressionable, what can bring more happiness to the birthday event than to have fun & share a meal with his peers.
i never knew the trauma of may 13, 1969. i only read about it. but we are all grateful that on this particular friday, we celebrate another year added to the boy's life & pray that we in malaysia continue to live in relative peace & harmony.
even as some irresponsible bloggers & press media try to fan the flames of racial & religious discontent.