It's Alima's birthday, and it is great to be eight!

Posted on August 15, 2012 by Kathleen OBrien | 0 Comments

What is your favorite birthday memory?  One of mine is of turning eight.  The thing I really desired, more than anything, was a stuffed, plush snake.  As odd as that may sound, they were all the rage with my friends at the time—long, fluff-filled pieces of fake fur with a wide head, felt tongue, big eyes and long eyelashes.  It was the very definition of “cool” to have one curled up on your bed…at least to an 8-year-old.  It was really the only thing I wanted that year.  Sure, Barbie dolls and books were welcomed, but I reeeaaalllly wanted that stuffed snake. So when my younger sister sidled up to me on the afternoon of my birthday, and asked, “after you open your snake, can I play with it?” I was shocked by how disappointed I felt.  Why was I sad to find out that I was getting my heart’s desire?  Was it that I didn’t want a snake as much as I thought I did, or was it that she had ruined the delicious anticipation I had been enjoying--building up to the birthday dinner, then cake and presents?  With as much introspection as one can handle on their eighth birthday, I decided it was the latter, and glared at my sister throughout dinner.  But just a few hours later, all was forgiven when I opened up the package containing my beautiful, ice-blue, plush snake.  Joy hit me full-force--it truly was great to be eight.

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