A Birthday Limerick
There once was a gal named Josi
Who liked to play ring-around-the-rosy
She had a 30th birthday
Filled with gifts and water play
Her heart couldn’t have felt more cozy.
SURPRISE!!! My friend & roommate, Erin, her kiddos and the Ochs girls came to school with tupperwares filled with cookies. They adorned me with this birthday hat and then proceeded to do the following…
It’s called “ponding.” And it’s a Ghanaian birthday tradition, especially of school-aged children. We take our responsibility to carry on this tradition quite seriously. The surprise birthday crew brought plenty of water and I got plenty of wet.
My students didn’t think I got wet enough the first time around, so after class they decided to “celebrate me” again. The cookie tupperware did little to defend against the water attack.
Erin made me a special birthday dinner (including berry cobbler for dessert!) and the kids presented me with handmade cards and thoughtful gifts. So sweet and awesome are they!
And this lil gift was the icing on the cake! My dear husband filled this here book with sweet words sent from friends and family. Stories, poems, haikus, encouragement, love. A forever treasure.
Read more from Josi on her blog, As We Go.