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Topic: Write something suitable for CHILDREN (05/31/07)
TITLE: Abigail’s Birthday Present.
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â€śCan we have it at the park, Daddy?â€ť Abigail asked.
â€śWhich park would you like to have it at, Abigail?â€ť
â€śThe big one, Daddyâ€” the one Mommy loved. You know, the one where we threw the rose petals after her funeral.â€ť
â€śIf thatâ€™s where you want it, then thatâ€™s where we should have it,â€ť Daddy said, kissing the tip of her nose.
Abigail smiled. â€śIâ€™ll help with the invitations but we have to invite Grandpa and Grandma Lawson. Do you think theyâ€™ll come, Daddy? We havenâ€™t seen them since Mommy died and they went back home on the plane.â€ť Her smile had gone. â€śI wish they didnâ€™t live so far away. Do you think they miss Mommy, too?â€ť
â€śIâ€™m sure they do. I would miss you, my darling daughter, if you had died. Now, letâ€™s not be sad. Mommy would want us to enjoy your party.â€ť
â€śI want to wear the dress Mommy bought me for my party last year.â€ť
â€śAbigail honey, I donâ€™t think it will fit. You have grown so tall. Why donâ€™t we go to the mall tomorrow after school and see what we can find?â€ť
It was a sunny day and the park had lots of spring flowers growing in the gardens. Abigail could see her grandparents at the end of the short path that led to the playground. They were hanging balloons on the swings and trees. Picnic tables had food on them and a huge birthday cake with pink icing.
â€śGrandma! Grandpa!â€ť she called, and ran to meet them.
â€śAbby! You look so grown up and your party dress is so pretty,â€ť Grandma said, smiling.
â€śItâ€™s Mommyâ€™s favorite color. Do you think sheâ€™d like it?â€ť
â€śI think itâ€™s perfect,â€ť Grandpa said.
â€śAbigail,â€ť Daddy said, â€śyour friends have arrived.â€ť
She looked up at Daddy to ask him to greet them for her, but he was wiping something out of his eye. Grandma hugged Abigail. Abigail knew Grandma was crying and she hugged her too. â€śOh Grandma, I miss Mommy so much, but she would want us to enjoy the party.â€ť
â€śYes, she would,â€ť Grandpa said, hugging them both. â€śNow go and meet your friends and enjoy the afternoon.â€ť
Abigail greeted her friends and opened her presents. A clown skipped into the playground, making the children laugh. He twisted balloons into the shape of little animals, stood on his hands and spun hoops on his feet. Abigail thought it was the best party ever.
Abigail was too excited to go to bed that night. After her bath, she dressed in her new summer night gown, and sat on Grandpaâ€™s knee while he read her favorite Bible story: Noahâ€™s Ark. She knew it almost by heart because she always had her mommy read it before she went to sleepâ€” sometimes twice.
â€śAbigail,â€ť Daddy said, coming into the room with a glass of milk. â€śGrandma and Grandpa Lawson want to talk to you.â€ť
Abigail was afraid. Daddy had said something like that once before, when Mommy got sick. She remembered that Mommy was crying and Daddy told her they would be OK. Abigail climbed off her grandpaâ€™s knee and went to her daddy.
â€śItâ€™s all right, Abby,â€ť Grandma said, and smiled at her. â€śEverything is OK.â€ť
â€śYou see,â€ť Daddy said, lifting Abigail onto his knee, â€śwe all miss Mommy very much and...â€ť
â€śWhat your daddy is trying to say, is that we miss your mommy, too,â€ť Grandma finished. â€śBut, we also miss you and your daddy.â€ť
Grandpa sat on the floor in front of Daddy and Abigail reached down to hug his neck.
â€śWhat we are trying to say is...â€ť Grandpa took a deep breath. â€śGrandma and I want to move in with you and Daddy, at least until we get a house close by. Your daddy and I talked about it a lot and we think your mommy would like it. What do you think?â€ť
â€śThis is the best birthday present ever. Can they live with us, Daddyâ€¦ please?â€ť
â€śAbigail, this is your birthday present. Itâ€™s up to you.â€ť Daddy was laughing now. He hadnâ€™t laughed for a long time.
She jumped off her daddyâ€™s knee and hugged her grandpa and her grandma. â€śPlease come and stayâ€” Iâ€™ll even let you call me Abby. Mommy always called me Abby.â€ť
Authorsâ€™ Note: I wish to thank Abigail, my 7 year old challenge buddy for this week, for allowing me to use her name. Hyatt was her choice, but not her real name. The story is fiction.
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