Geeta was in a bad mood. A very bad mood. It is not everyday that you turned 50. And nobody remembered. Well not everybody. Her friends, god bless them, wished her over text messages and whatsapp pictures. Her brother called her from Singapore. Only her husband and son did not remember. Not one word from the morning. No sir. It was just another day for them. Shridhar got ready for office as usual. And Karthik went off to college too.

She had waited and waited for them to remember. But no!

She packed all lunch boxes for all the three of them and they all went their respective ways in the morning. All day in the office, she was a bit distracted. Her colleagues gave her a combined card and a cute cake too. All these made her happy but the fact that the most important men in her life had ignored her, made her sad and angry at the same time.

Now, even in the evening, Shridhar and Karthik still did not mention anything. After Karthik came back from college, he brought a bunch of his friends home. They had a project to complete. They got busy with that and Geeta had supplied the boys and girls with snacks and drinks. Geeta was popular among her son’s friends. Geeta would be one among them and they also were happy to share their problems and joys with her. But, may be the pressure of project was high, that none of the friends spoke much to her except to say hello and thank her for the snacks.

Even though  Shridhar came home early that day, he too was a bit stressed out. He came home and went to rest till dinner.

So Geeta was alone on her birthday. She only had her thoughts with her. She remembered all the birthdays that she had made memorable for her son and husband. She always celebrated their special days uniquely making sure that their favorite things were done. Her birthdays were always tame affair. She had never minded. She was sad today because both of them did not even wish her. May be they did not care enough, she thought.

Karthik came to her and said,  “Ma, I am sorry to disturb you, but can you please get me 3 sheets of blue handmade chart paper for my project. It is urgent and we are all busy with other things and without the chart paper the project will be a flop.”

Karthik sounded so apologetic that Geeta relented and took the car out for the errand. It took her sometime to find the chart paper of blue shade. She had to look for it in 3 different shops. She also completed a few of her own errands too.

Geeta carried her bags and rummaged in her bag for her keys. The keys seemed to have lodged themselves in the remotest corner. Finally! she found them and opened the doors.

The whole house seemed to explode! The living room was filled with people and all of them were laughing and shouting at the same time. The whole room was lit up.

They all shouted “Happy Birthday Aunty!”

Shridhar stood in a corner with a big smile on his face and Karthik ran to her and hugged her tight!

Geeta was flabbergasted and ecstatic at the same time.

“You remembered?” she said.

“Of course! how can we forget?, Ma it is your special day today. You always made sure I had fabulous birthdays. Today it is my turn to repay. So here it is!”

After all the celebrations, Geeta sat in her favourite rocking chair. She thought to herself. “Men are like ice. They look hard and cold, without emotions and feelings. But they too hide a soft heart inside that melts, just like a little heat melts all that hard ice.”

Written to the prompt “Of ice and men” as a part of the BarAThon by BlogARhythm on 21 Jun 2017.