Monday, August 26, 2013

Waiting for Annabelle's Birthday

Annabelle Upton was 5 years old, but she was about to turn six. For her birthday, she was going to have a completely princess party. They would have princess cups and princess plates, and princess decorations. Even the guests were going to dress up like princesses with sparkly tiaras on their heads. Annabelle couldn't wait.

On Thursday, Annabelle woke up bright and early in the morning. It was so early that the sun was just barely peeking its head out over the clouds. She ran excitedly into her Mommy and Daddy's room. Mommy and Daddy were lying in bed snoring away. Annabelle climbed up next to Mommy and poked her in the side. "Mommy! Mommy!" she said excitedly. "Today's my birthday! When is my party?"

Mommy tiredly opened her eyes. When she was able to focus them, she looked at the clock. It read 5:00 in the morning. "Annabelle, " said Mommy quite unhappily. "It is 5:00 in the morning, and today is not your birthday."

"Go back to sleep." added Daddy as he opened his eyes for a minute and saw Annabelle.

Annabelle sadly shuffled back to her room.

On Friday morning, Annabelle woke up early again. This time she waited in her room for a while before she went into her parents room. It was 7:00 in the morning. Mommy was still sleeping, but Daddy was awake and getting dressed.

"Daddy!" called Annabelle excitedly throwing herself into his arms.

"Good morning, Princess." replied Daddy gently putting her down and picking up his tie and starting to put it on.

"Good morning, Daddy." said Annabelle cheefully. "Today is my birthday, and I am going to have a princess party.

Daddy shook his head  no.

"I'm not going to have a princess party?" asked Annabelle sadly. All this time, she had been waiting for nothing. She wanted to cry.

"Yes, you are going to have a princess party." replied Daddy, "but not today. Today is not your birthday."

"Oh." said Annabelle with a mix of relieve and disappointment. She was so happy she was still having a party. She was so sad that her birthday was taking so long to get here.

On Saturday, Annabelle woke up a little later. She waited in her room for a while and then went looking for Mom and Dad, but couldn't find them. Instead, she found Grandma.

"Grandma?" she said in surprise. "What are you doing here? Where are Mommy and Daddy?"

Grandma smiled and kissed Annabelle leaving a smudge of lipstick across her cheek. "Would I miss my favorite granddaughter's birthday?" she asked. "Your mom and Dad went to pick up some things for your party." she added.

Annabelle's face lip up. "Today is the day!" she cried excitedly. "Today is my birthday!"

Grandma shook her head no. "Not today." she replied. "I came early to help out." she explained.

"Oh." replied Annabelle disappointedly as all the happiness instantly flew out of her.

The next morning when Annabelle woke up, she was going to get out of bed, but she decided not to. She didn't want to be disappointed again. She was sure her birthday was never going to get here. She lay in bed staring at the purple and yellow flowers on her bedroom wallpaper.

Soon Mommy came in. "Good morning, Annabelle." she said cheerfully opening the drapes. "Aren't you going to get up? What are you waiting for?" asked Mommy.

"Is today my birthday?" Annabelle asked hopefully. Mommy nodded. "Finally!" exclaimed Annabelle as she hurried out of bed.

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