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Topic: Rich (04/26/12)
TITLE: Beautiful Days
By Torey Barrett
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"Athena!" My other best friend whispered disapprovingly from the back seat. The parking attendant then said some un-memorable things and I suddenly felt the car move forward. I say felt because, though I was indeed in the car, I was blind-folded. It was my twenty-second birthday and my best friends had planned a surprise filled day. A slow smile spread across my face after the parking attendant conversation. Athena, though meaning well, had just ruined my surprise. Tatiana, my friend in the backseat, was upset about this. As they were discussing what a horrible secret keeper Athena is, I took off my blind-fold. Ah, Disney on Ice. I was very excited. It may sound odd that a twenty-two year old and her two twenty-one year old friends are not only going to but are all extremely excited about seeing Disney on Ice. Then again, that's the kind of friends we are. All three of us are still little kids inside and seeing the Disney princesses we grew up with come to life on an ice stage was simply thrilling.
On our way into the arena, we stopped to take pictures and I posed in my birthday crown and birthday princess sash. Yes, people with their children did stop and stare. Soon after this, we walked into the building and were surrounded by a princess paraphernalia paradise. We felt a little self-conscious once we got inside, as we quickly noticed we were the only ones who weren't carting around little girls in fancy dress-up garb. So, we went straight to our seats. During the entire performance we laughed and talked and joked and thoroughly enjoyed every second. When the show was over, we decided to be brave and look around at the souvenir stands that lined the walkway. Each stand had basically the exact same thing, but some of them were selling these items for slightly less expensive instead of preposterously expensive. We didn't have any extra shopping cash so we didn't buy anything. What would we do with princess mugs anyway? We aren't completely juvenile… (Who am I kidding? I would definitely use one if I had it!)
It was sometime during our drive to lunch that I was struck with a thought. I didn't have a lot of friends during my public school years because I stood by my strong Christian values that I had been taught growing up. This, at my school, made me a shining outsider. I spent a lot of birthdays with only my parents because I didn't have anyone else to invite over. It wasn't like that anymore though. A feeling flushed over me then; despite my typical college student financial situation, I felt like the richest person alive. Being rich, in my life, doesn't mean how much money you have. It means the kind of people God has placed in my life to fill with beautiful memories, shamelessly take you to Disney on Ice, and have fun doing it.
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