Many Happy Returns


Today (the 16th October) is a very special day in my calendar as it just happens to be my little Dude’s birthday. Of course, it’s a special day for him, too, and it’s always good to see him excited about the day, opening his presents, and interacting with his friends. Most come now from his class at school, but a few he has known since he was born nine years ago.

His mum hired a small hall for all the invited guests to assemble, and create chaos and havoc while having an excellent time. This, I think, is the best education he can get. Being able to mix with different people and bring them together for special occasion, and have fun, is the mark, for me, of a successful achiever. The meritocracy we live under today does more to crush esteem and character, than build it, and seems to relish division and highlights what separates us, not unites us.

The Dude’s ability to make friends wherever he goes will get him through the toughest of times, I’m sure, more than any degree award or qualification gained. I’m certain Oscar Wilde would agree with me on this point, being the humanist he was. And why do I mention the Celtic Bard above anyone else? Well, they share the same birthday, that’s why…

Happy birthday, guys!


Malek Montag,

Rochester, 2016


Follow me on Twitter @Malek_Montag15

Photo Credit: Malek Montag, 2016 (Although, I only decorated the cake)


About malekmontag

I am a writer and a wage-slave, and proud father of George Giraffe. I live in the UK, but I exist everywhere. My first stories were published this year (2016) in Short Stories and Tall Tales (Atla Publishing). Follow me on Twitter @Malek_Montag15. My Work is also available on
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