Thursday, September 02, 2010

Happy Birthday Sam's House!

Yesterday, the Sam's House gang celebrated many birthdays, including Sam Rothchild's, the house namesake, and more importantly, the birthdays of 25 brothers and sisters!

You may recall from earlier years that Sam's House celebrated every birthday individually. Well, they still do on the proper day, but to economize the cost of cakes and other treats, they have one large celebration of all the birthdays on September 1. Needless to say, it's quite the party... gifts and candy and tika and cake all-around.

It's nice to be able to do this, most obviously, because the children enjoy the event. But it's also significant because these events over time help form the rituals and collective memory that all families have. So, in this way, dear supporter, you make possible this wonderful party, but, more than that, you contribute to these children's evolving sense of family and belonging that will be their strength in the years to come. Thank you, thank you, thank you...

Pictures from Dinesh below.

The oldest (Mina) and youngest (Dipika) chosen to cut the cake.

Mina feeds the first piece to Dipika.

Tara gives tika to all the children.

Pramila and Santosh.

Rina receives a present from Tara (Thulo Mommy).

Shiva gives a gift to Dhiraj.

Prema hands a present to Dipika.

Tara, Asuna and Prema putting the finishing touches on dinner.

Celebration ends with dinner.