October 22, 1964 Thursday. Shelia’s Birthday Party!
After school I came home. Shelia’s husband Steve F. was there putting in our new dryer. He’s working for an appliance repair co… I told him I wanted to have a few of Shelia’s friends over and he thought it would be a good idea, because last year I got sick and couldn’t give her a surprise party. I called everyone, then Pearl and I went shopping, but we couldn’t find anything, so came home. People started coming over and we made a cake. When Shelia came, she walked into the living room, but didn’t act very surprised. (I guess Steve couldn’t keep a secret.) We ate and stuff then it was over. Not that great! I stayed all night at Pearl’s and worked really late to finish my book report.
I gave a surprise Birthday Party for a good friend, but she acted like it was just another boring day. It’s hard for the party guests to be excited and up, when the Birthday girl is so quiet and unimpressed. Of course now I realize it wasn’t the party, it was the fact she was now a struggling young wife and mother who could no longer relate. Seeing all her high school friends gossiping about boys, parties, the beach and other stuff, just rubbed it in and made her sad.
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