21st November 2013 marked the 20th birthday of my dearest, Najwatul Aqilah.
She is my sister, my companion, my neighbor back in CFS IIUM PJ and my confidante. She was also one of the girls in my Bachelorette Pretty Pastel Picnic Photoshoot.
In conjunction with her birthday, Adlin and I decided to make a surprise for her. Like they did for me. (Will blog about that soon!) But we didn't have time for planning. So we just went with the flow.
On Tuesday, I bumped into Qila when Nadhil dropped me off at my college. So I just invited her for dinner the next day. Spontaneous, but calculated. I was already wondering how we were gonna do it. I saw the chance and just grabbed it!
But really, I just wanted to make sure she was free for us to do the surprise. Just in case, you know? She might go home or have plans with others. So I didn't want to leave it to chance. Sometimes, we have to take our own initiative.
So on searching for places to satisfy Qila, we chose Ben's, Publika. Somewhere we have never been to together. But some place just nice. The perfect setting for three girls who love shopping. Haha.
We kept the balloons in the back of the car. Picked Qila up and lied to her on why we were late and dragged her to Publika. While eating at Ben's, Adlin made an excuse to go to the ladies. Only, we went to buy cake instead. When we came back to Qila, who we left alone in Ben's, we lied and said that Adlin just wanted to buy this cake we saw earlier for her boyfie.
After the dinner and desserts (plural), Qila and I went for a walk while Adlin claimed that she wanted to send the things to the car because it was a bit too many to carry around.
When Adlin came back, at like 11pm, she came with the cake, lighted with candles, and balloons, singing Happy Birthday to Qila.
It was an amazing night. Even though it was Qila's birthday, that dinner, meant a lot to me. I am less than two months to be called a wife, and I know, it's not gonna be the same. And I've been so scared, but these girls have been there for me. Comforting me. Reassuring me. More than they know. And I love them so much.
People might not understand the nature of our sisterhood. How we have no need to stick with each other all the time. How we go out just once in awhile. But really, we know each other. We understand each other. More than anyone.
All of us have been going through a lot. Never knowing what to do. But we find comfort in each other. And that's really all we need.
Happy Birthday, Qila!
I wish you all the happiness and joy in the world.
I pray for your success, and more so for your strength.
I love you, babe.
I'll always be there for you. Whenever, wherever and for whatever reason.
Life presents to us challenges, and at times, it is so difficult. But you can't give up. You have to push through. Nothing can bring you down. Sabar, my dear. Your day will come, insyaAllah.
“Allah does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear…” (Quran 2:286)