Friday, February 26, 2016

Pia Wants a Party

Pia Zborowski couldn't wait to turn 10. "I'll be double digits and everything!" she excitedly told anyone who would listen. She was sure that turning 10 must be worthy of a party - a surprise party even. She was so sure that she convinced herself that there was going to be a surprise party for her.

"How are Mommy and Daddy coming along with planning my party?" she asked her older sister Piper one afternoon.

Piper looked up from the book she'd been reading. "What?" she said in confusion.

"It's okay. You can tell me." Pia assured her. "I won't tell them you told."

"What?" repeated Piper even more confused.

Pia smiled happily. "Oh, that's okay. I get it. You're playing dumb." She skipped off gleefully convinced as much as ever that there was going to be a party for her.

Piper shook her head and went back to her book.

At dinnertime when Pia was helping Mommy set the table she informed Mommy, "I really like pink lots and lots of pink."

"Okay." replied Mommy looking at Pia strangely. She gave Pia a quizzical look. She had no idea what Pia was hinting at.

Pia smiled at Mommy. Mommy was so good at pretending she had no idea what Pia was talking about.

When she was with her father, Pia made a face. "Do you think this is a good look of surprise? Or do you think this is a better one?" She made a different face.

"Are we playing charades?" asked Daddy.

Pia burst out laughing. She never realized what good actors her family all were before. Pretending was so much fun. She was almost sorry her birthday was coming to spoil the game.

Finally, the day of Pia's birthday came.  She put on her best pink dress and carefully styled her hair in a French braid .  She stayed in her room until the doorbell rang. Then, she went downstairs but very slowly so as not to let on that she knew about the party.

When she got to the bottom of the stairs, nobody was there. Pia looked around in confusion.  Then, she saw Piper. "Who was at the door?" she asked Piper.

"The mailman." replied Piper.

Pia grinned at Piper. If her family wanted to keep the game going a little bit longer that was okay with her.

Piper shrugged and went into the kitchen. She couldn't understand why her little sister was acting so weird lately.

Pia followed Piper into the kitchen. That must be where all the guests were hiding. However, when they got to the kitchen there was nobody there either. Piper went to the refrigerator and took out a water bottle. "Do you want one?" she asked Pia.

Pia shook her head no. She was really confused now. Her family was really taking this pretending thing too far. Where was her party? Where were her guests? "Where are Mommy and Daddy?" she asked Piper finally.

"I think they're in the den." replied Piper pointing in that direction.

Pia instantly brightened up again. That must be where the party was. She headed in that direction. "Don't you want to come with me?" she asked Piper over her shoulder.

"No, thanks." replied Piper.

Pia gave her sister a look of confusion. Didn't Piper want to be a party of Pia's party?  Maybe, Piper was jealous or something. Pia shrugged and went into the den.

Mommy and Daddy were there alright but they were by themselves.  Daddy was watching TV and Mommy was talking on the phone.  "Oh, Pia!" she exclaimed when Pia walked into the room. "Happy Birthday! Come take the phone. There's someone who wants to wish you a Happy Birthday."

Pia took the phone from her mother. It was Grandma. "Hi Grandma." Pia said sadly into the phone.

"What's the matter?" inquired Grandma. "Aren't you having a good birthday?"

Pia sighed deeply. "It's okay." she said. "It's just that I thought that turning 10 was worthy of a party."

"Why of course it is!" replied Grandma enthusiastically.

"I'm glad you think so." Pia told her. "Nobody else seems to think so." She finished speaking with Grandma and handed the phone back to her mother. Then, she left the room.

A few minutes later, Mommy and Daddy called her back. They were going to be going to Grandma's for dinner. Pia brightened up a little bit but not that much. She always loved to see Grandma, but it wasn't like having a party.

At Grandma's house, Mommy and Daddy and Piper let Pia go in first because she was the birthday girl.  As soon as she walked in she saw her Aunts and Uncles and all her cousins. "Surprise!" they all yelled.  Pia smiled but she noticed that none of her relatives looked like they were dressed for a party. They all looked like they'd arrive in hurry wearing whatever they happened to have on.

Pia smiled at Grandma. "You set this up!" she said accusingly but she said it in a happy way.

Grandma smiled back. "I think a girl turning double digits deserves a party."

"Thanks, Grandma. I love you." declared Pia.

"I love you too, my big ten year old granddaughter." replied Grandma.

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