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Monday, August 29, 2016

It's All in How You Look At It

They had all been at their cousin’s birthday party.
It had been a much-anticipated opportunity for fun and games.
And had delivered.
On every level.
They had played in the pool.
Dashed through the sprinklers.
Had a water fight.
Screamed and laughed through several games.
Gorged on food and treats.
Sang and stuffed their faces with rich, gooey birthday cake.
And meltingly-creamy and delicious ice cream.
Tired, but entirely satisfied, they were lined up, ready to go home.
It was then they received the last perfect surprise to what had been a perfect day.
A large, loaded—identical—treat bag.
Brimming with anticipation, they dashed out to their car and their waiting Mama.
Submitted to the mundane but necessary process  of seating and buckling.
Then, at last, the opening of that last hurrah.
That sweet, final cap on the day.
The icing on the cake, so to speak.
Sister dipped in her hand and emerged, holding a large, hand-frosted cookie.
“I got a flower!” she exclaimed.
Brother did the same.
Pulled out the same.
 “I got a flower, too!”
Little sister reaching eagerly into her bag of treats.
Grabbed her flower cookie by the other end and pulled it out and held it aloft excitedly.
“I got a squid!”
Life.
It’s all in how you look at it.

12 comments:

  1. And so nice to feel that your cookie, while exactly like everyone else;s, is somehow better.

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    1. It's true! As long as she likes squid!

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  3. I wouldn't even have known what a squid was at that age ... kudos!

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    1. Neither does she. Probably a good thing!

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  4. Awwww. I am wondering how squid cookies taste...

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    1. I don't think I'll ever know! Or her either!😉

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  5. If that squid were fried and came with a good marinara sauce, that would have been a treat. But a cookie is pretty darn good too. Great story as always Diane!

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    1. Thanks, Donna! Maybe in the next treat bag . . .

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  6. There's one in every crowd. She's the one with all the imagination. Bet she grew up to be a writer . . .

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