for so many years with Harry sensei, I’ve celebrated his birthday once, this year, all thanks to Gabriel’s effort in remembering, and of course Zarine’s delicious home baked cake.
On our way back tome, Siew Chin remarked that she felt rather ashamed that we failed to celebrate Harry sensei’s birthday. At that moment I really didn’t know what to say, as I really didn’t feel the need to do so.
Yeah, many will be baying for my blood for saying that, since I cannot even remember my sensei’s birthday and can’t even bother to celebrate that, what makes of me in a display of sincerity being his student, albeit a long time student? I simply have a lack of respect for my sensei!
Quite the opposite, Harry sensei is one who didn’t really bother with celebrations, and all those hypes. If people celebrate for him, with him he is certainly will enjoy it, and sans my existence, he is not lacking in company.
It’s hard to describe, in this pretense, my lame excuse for failing to celebrate his birthday. The fact is he’d never asked, I’ve never asked him, so it never dawned to me, or the guilty group of us to celebrate. And years went on like this and we became so comforatable with not knowing, we simply didn’t know, which partly explains why i couldn’t answer Siew chin. I wasn’t ashamed, in fact i didn’t know what to feel about it, as this has never crossed my mind as a duty to celebrate sensei’s birthday.
That is Harry sensei, never one to impose on people, if people remembered fine, if people don’t he is fine too. More importantly he has his eyes fixed in Aikido, and as long as we turn up to train with him, i pretty much guess everyday’s his birthday then.