It was time for my 11th birthday party! I stood nervously by my present table with my friend Meritaten. Would my guests have a good time?
The doorbell rang and in tumbled my other guests- it was time for the party to begin!
First up was the piñata! I spun around, swung my stick, and SMACK- I hit it! It didn't break though- time for someone else's turn!
Next up was Fiona, then Meri. They couldn't break the piñata either- it was tough! Then it was Coral's turn- WHACK! She smashed it!
The candies spilled out onto the floor and we all scrambled to gather them up. Whee!
Next came "Pin the Ear on Cheburashka!" Fiona went first- she got him right in the belly!
I spun and spun and stumbled toward the wall- would I get the ear in the right place? I didn't want to be embarrassed at my own party!
Right on the mark!!
But wait- everyone called out "Don't take off the blindfold! Spin! Spin!"
So I spun!
"Stop!" yelled a strangely familiar voice, "Take off your blindfold!"
It was Violet, my very best friend in the entire world! She had flown all the way from Utah just for my party! What a fabulous surprise!
I gave her a huge hug. We hadn't seen each other in two years and we were so excited to be together again!
"Okay, okay!" said Coral, "time for cake!"
"Happy Birthday Dear Inky!" sang my friends! "Happy Birthday to you!"
I thought hard before I made my wish. After all, what could be better than what I already had- a roomful of friends? Finally, I closed my eyes and blew out the candles.
It was time for presents!
Meritaten handed me her gift- a big green box with a brown bow. What could it be?
A Hello Kitty caboodle with a panda notebook and some pencils! Thanks Meri!
Then came a giant striped box with a light green bow from Coral.
It was a bright orange, limited edition Ice Bat Uglydoll!!! Thanks Coral- you're the best!
Next was a big pink gift with a white bow from my friend Fiona. I shook it- what could it be?
A little Japanese red panda figurine for my bedroom!! Wow! Thanks Fiona!
Then came another stripy gift from my dear friend Violet. She and her mama always send the best gifts! I jumped up and down with excitement!
A holiday inkpad with eight little stamps!! How cool! Violet and I would have to use them to make holiday cards for our friends!
Then came the present from my parents. I wasn't expecting much because I knew my big present was Violet's visit.
But it was a Squishable arctic fox!!! Yay! Holy hotdogs, what a great present!
Finally Coral handed me my last present. "This is a very special present," she said. "Sabine, Sandrine, and Aurélie sent this package all the way from France!"
Whoa!! It was a really cool blue shirt, a magnetic pig, and three cards from my French friends. Thank you so much mes amies! I especially loved Sandrine's card, which was decorated with all my favorite things. How thoughtful!
My mom took a picture of me with all my gifts. I'm a lucky girl! What a blessing to have so much wonderful friends!
My friends and I all gathered for one last photo before everyone (except Violet!) went home. It was a wonderful day! What a pity that birthdays come only once per year...