There was once a little girl
To “Maine Payal Hai Chankayi” she loved to twirl
Chubby with rings of baby fat
Now what can be cuter than that ?
No clichés but time does fly
Leaves one breathless, my oh my !
You stand before us today, all of twelve
All set for the future, into which you want to delve.
A complete transformation is what we’ve seen
You are definitely not what you’ve been
Quiet and shy, you were an easy target,
For friends who tried to treat you like a carpet.
You had your share of pain and tears
As you were bullied time and again by your peers
It caused in you a lot of fears
All through those few years.
But you’ve emerged from it much stronger
You fear arguments and fights no longer
“Not any more” is what you say
“No one can do that to me, come what may”.
As you stand before us today, all of twelve
And as your fears and inhibitions you steadily continue to shelve
Know this and know it well,
I am proud of you, the way your fears you now quell.
I love the way you’re changing
The way that cheekiness is emerging
I see you laughing a lot more now
As, to jokes, you no longer raise your brow.
We all start as caterpillars
We grow up in life, using our feelers
Life, in its own way, makes us emerge from our cocoons
As we dance to life’s tunes and bassoons.
“We love you” no matter what and will love you forever
That, I hope and pray you always remember.
Be strong and always smile
As life takes you on its path, mile upon mile
Know that beauty lies in your inner self
Always, always believe in yourself.
Never do anything just because everyone else is
Always stand by your beliefs, even if no one else is
People around you might gripe and moan
But always stand up for your beliefs, especially if you are alone.
Believe in magic, wish upon the stars
Life’s nothing but a very fast car
Travel and soak in the sights, in lands afar
Time waits for no one, it just whizzes past
For the bounty that this universe has to offer, is very very vast.
Love, Trust and be compassionate
About things you believe in, be totally passionate
Always be true to yourself and give it your all
Remember that He will always be around to catch you even if you fall.
A very Happy Birthday to you, my precious tot
Go out there and show the world what you’ve got
A very Happy Birthday to you, my “not so little anymore” dot,
Always have, always will love you a lot !!
All my love and then some,