It was my birthday on Sunday, and we had a prairie picnic!:) Not many people could come, but Julie and Nicki did, and it was very fun, anyway! Julie made a cake, and we all dressed up in pioneer clothes, and sat outside in the field.
"Yes," said Julie. "Happy birthday!"
"Yes!" said Nicki.
"Well I am glad to have you here," I smiled.
"Good idea!" I answered. "What shall we play?"
"How about Tag?" asked Julie.
"Tag's fun!" said Nicki.
"Yes, I like it. Let's play."
"Kirsten, because it's her birthday."
"Oh, of course! You can be 'It', Kirsten."
"Are we ready?" asked Nicki.
"Yes!" Julie and I said together.
"Okay... Let's go!" Nicki shouted, and she whirled around and started running.
We played for ages, and then we finally stopped and sat down again.
"Yes!" Julie panted. "You're fast!"
Sprocket was looking at us with his tongue hanging out, and he looked so happy, it was just like he was smiling!
"Shall we cut the cake now?" asked Nicki.
"Alright!" I said.
"But we have to sing happy birthday first!" said Julie.
We all laughed, and she and Nicki sang the birthday song to me.
"Yes. You did really well."
"It's a pleasure," I said, and Nicki smiled.
"Do you want to see your present now, Kirsten?" asked Julie.
"Okay! What is it?"
"It's a secret," said Nicki. "Just wait and see!"
"Just wait. You'll find out in a minute. Everyone helped."
That made it sound like something really special, but I couldn't think what it could be. Just when I was starting to slip into thought about it, Nicki spoke again.
"I made this for you," she said, holding up a beautiful daisy chain. "You can wear it if you'd like."
"Oh, thank you!" I said. "It is so lovely!" She leaned over and put it on my head.
"Oh, Julie's coming back!" she said excitedly. "Close your eyes!"
I closed them, desperately wondering what Julie was bringing back, and I heard her walking up to me, and Sprocket gave a little bark. Then, suddenly, I felt something warm and soft in my arms, and it was moving!
"Oh, Julie! Nicki!" I breathed. "She's beautiful!"
Julie and Nicki were both looking at me, smiling more widely than I've ever seen them smile.
"You're welcome," said Nicki.
"We all love you," said Julie. "Very much!"
"Thank you," I whispered, almost crying.
"What are you going to call her?" asked Nicki.