Recently, a friend of mine said that she just had one of the best birthdays in all her life. She explained that it was so good because EVERYONE around her made her feel very special. Wishes and lovely words poured in all day over the phone, by email and in person too. And there was a surprise party too. She mentioned that what she liked best is that almost everyone she knew remembered to call her up and greet her. This included her parents too. Another friend who was listening to the conversation remarked,"Your parents called you? In my family, the son/daughter having his/her birthday calls up the parent" At first I thought, that was old tradition when parents had too many kids, it might have been difficult for them to remember everybody's birthday. Probably then, the child would have to call up the parent to receive wishes and blessings. But be it birthday or not, it has been part of Indian tradition that the younger one approach the elderly rather than wait for them to.. It's a matter of love and respect. This can apply to others who are not elder to you too, right? The next time you feel sad or complain about someone who missed your birthday or any other occassion, how about giving them a call on your special day? It can still keep up the bond. Think about it. No matter who calls who, the important thing is that you share your happiness with your loved ones on your special day.