When You Were Young (Chapter 7, page 1 of 6)

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Chapter 7

Samantha stopped in disbelief as she and Mama Veronica emerged from the forest. Everywhere she saw balloons and streamers the same pink and white as her pretty dress. Stretched between the rows of shops was a pink banner with something written on it in white paint. "What's it say?" she asked Mama Veronica.

"It says, 'Happy Birthday Samantha.'"

"Weawwy? You mean aw this is for me?"

"Of course. It's your big day." Mama Veronica picked Samantha up, lifting her high enough to touch the banner. This is all for me, Samantha thought. All for her first big girl birthday. Mama Veronica must really love her to go to so much effort for the party.

"I wike a pwincess," she said.

"You are a princess. You're Mama's little princess." Mama Veronica lowered Samantha enough to kiss her on the forehead. Samantha giggled at this. Mama Veronica was so silly.

They turned the corner and Samantha squealed with both surprise and delight. "Happy Birthday Samantha!" shouted a crowd of children. Mama Veronica echoed them.

Right away Samantha noticed all the children in the crowd were bigger than her. They all looked five or six at least. "Mama, why's everyone bigger than me?" she asked.

"That's because you're our baby. Our special baby."

"I don't wanna be the baby! It no fair."

"I know, sweetie, but you're much more important than anyone else in the whole town because you're my baby." Samantha kissed the top of Mama Veronica's head, feeling better now. She might be the littlest, but Mama Veronica didn't care about anyone else like her. She was special.

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