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The Surprise Party
Laura Booz: It was the year of the sweet sixteen birthday parties. In high school, my friends and I turned sixteen within months of each other. We celebrated one friend’s sixteenth birthday with hot chocolate and a movie. Another friend invited us to paint pottery and grab dinner afterward.
In the spring, I received an invitation to attend a surprise sixteenth birthday party for my friend James. No one had had a surprise birthday party yet, and it was exciting. I wrote the date on my calendar, “James’ birthday party.”
And at school, when James wasn’t within ear shot, we talked amongst ourselves about how we’d surprise James and what gifts James would like. I went to the bookstore. I found a book I knew James would love. I bought it, wrapped it, and when the big day came, our carpool of friends arrived at James’ house just in time, …
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