My Birthday Surprise
''My Birthday Surprise''
was created especially for
Jessica Ann Smith
with love from
Mommy and Daddy
February 2, 2000
Jessica Smith was so excited! Her
''big'' day had finally arrived! She
had reminded everyone in Atlanta
about her birthday on July 27th,
for a long time. Jessica had not
wanted a single person to forget
this special day. Today she was 6.
For months now, Jessica had been
dreaming day and night about her
party. She had asked her friends
again and again, ''Do you suppose my
birthday will ever get here?'' There
were many names on her invitation
list. Jessica hoped Amy could come.
She was really looking
forward to a great time!
It seemed to Jessica that her
dreams always started out the same
way. She would be sitting in the
middle of an enormous room all
dressed up for her party. Beside
her was a key ring with 10 magic
keys, each a different color.
Around her would be doors, and
Jessica knew that the keys were
there to open those matching,
In each dream, Jessica would find
many happy, wonderful surprises
behind the locked doors... except
for one. There were 11 doors, but
only 10 keys. Jessica wondered how
she would get into that last room.
There wasn't even a knob on the
door. Every time she would start to
search for the missing key, she
would wake up. Oh well! Maybe Amy
could help her.
In her dreams, Jessica liked to
start with the blue key that
unlocked the blue door. The blue
room looked as if it held a billion
bouncing balloons. There were
balloons of different shapes, colors
and sizes, and Jessica had fun
walking through them. There was one
balloon that had to be the biggest,
bluest balloon she had ever seen.
This was so much fun, Jessica raced
on to the next door !
The second door opened up to a white
room with lots and lots of birthday
cakes. There were tiny cakes and
gigantic cakes and cakes just big
enough for Jessica to eat all by
herself. Some cakes were huge, but
there was one snowy white cake
behind the white door that had 7
huge layers. It was a cake for
Jessica. She wanted to show all
these beautiful cakes to Amy.
When Jessica opened the cherry red
door, she almost fell backward!
What a fun dream! In front of her
was a monstrous mountain of melting
ice cream. There were cherries,
nuts, whipped cream and syrup
running down the sides. Jessica
thought it would be so much fun to
slide down this kind of mountain.
What a delightful, delicious time
she would have !
Jessica giggled when she opened the
orange door to the clown room.
Inside she found forty funny clowns,
most of them with bright orange
hair. There were fat clowns and
thin clowns, short clowns and tall
clowns, happy clowns and sad clowns.
Some clowns did tricks while other
silly clowns just clowned around. In
this orange room, Jessica laughed
until she could laugh no more.
The green room had so many presents
that Jessica had trouble opening
the door. She wondered if any of
the gifts were from Amy. She was
hoping that one of those boxes
would have something very nice she
could play with on her birthday.
Maybe it was the gigantic green
gift box! Should she open it? No,
she must hurry to the next door.
Jessica jumped up and down when she
opened the glittering gold door and
found a golden room full of rides
for her birthday party. In the
middle of the room was a beautiful
gold merry-go-round. Surrounding
it, Jessica could see the ponies
with their golden saddles, a train
ride and even a small ferris wheel !
A pink door opened up into a candy
room. Jessica was amazed at all the
candy. She found suckers, gumdrops,
lollipops, peppermint sticks, hard
candies, soft candies and all kinds of
chocolate candies. There was also the
biggest, bubbliest bunch of pink bubble
gum that she had ever seen. Jessica
knew that she would have to share this
candy with Amy or she would have a big
Behind the brown door were many,
many huggable animals. Jessica
wanted to hold and squeeze the soft,
cuddly brown teddy bears, as well as
the cats, dogs, monkeys and
dinosaurs. Some of the other
animals, like the giraffe, were
taller than Jessica. Others were so
small they would fit in her hand.
If she put all these animals in her
room, she might not be able to find
her bed. Wow, that would be neat !
When Jessica opened the yellow
door, she found a yellow room
filled with games fit for a king.
Jessica saw pin the tail on the
donkey, a fishing pond, balloons
for water fights, jacks, musical
chairs, drop the clothespin in the
bottle, bobbing for yellow apples,
hopscotch and ring toss. Jessica
knew exactly which games she would
play first in the yellow room.
Using the shiny silver key, Jessica
opened the silver door and saw
colorful streamers decorating every
inch of the tenth room. She also
found everything else she needed for
her birthday party. Here were the
plates, cups, napkins, forks and
spoons. For her guests, there were
stacks and stacks of silver whistles,
silver bells, horns, blowers,
birthday hats and other party favors.
She knew that she was ready for her
birthday party when she saw the
squirt guns !
Jessica found herself in front of the
last door that had no key. She
leaned against the door to peek
through the keyhole and, as she did,
the door silently opened. She looked
inside. The rainbow-colored room was
ready for a birthday party with
something from each of the other ten
rooms, but Jessica was puzzled.
Something was missing! How could a
birthday party be fun if you were all
alone? She became very sad.
Suddenly many voices sang out
''Surprise!'' and ''Happy Birthday!" at
the same time. Jessica Smith
blinked her eyes and immediately
stopped daydreaming. She turned
around and saw Amy. This was her
best birthday surprise of all ! Now
she knew that having family and
friends was much more important than
all the presents and decorations or
even the cake. Oh, it was fun to be
6 and have a birthday celebration !
Happy Birthday !
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