Inkwell Creative Nonfiction #23 || The day came as the biggest surprise of my life.
It was just a few days before my birthday and I was still celebrating the festive holiday with grandma, dad, and my younger siblings. I knew the day would only go normally as other days except for the excitement that I would be changing a number. It wouldn't be the age I was before but a plus one added to it, making me feel like, the older I become, the closer I am to my grave.
Apart from the birthday credit alert, wishes, prayers from my sisters and family, and my friends who care to wish me, there wouldn't be anything special, but I think being alive is already a peculiar thing. Well, I was looking forward to how the day would go and it came.
This year, January 14 came like every other day and I felt a sign of growth and realized I am getting older, so I should behave like one mature girl, sorry, lady 😁
Some of my friends wished me well and the day came to an end hours later and that was it. There was no birthday cake being delivered to my doorstep, who would even travel all that way to my village, and there was no secret admirer who called to congratulate me 😉. Though I got what I used to get from my siblings which I was grateful for because I didn't work the money for them. They did it out of love by giving me something.
I never knew something bewildering was waiting for me to unwrap and make it like a bombshell. I wasn't expecting it because the day was gone already, I mean my birthday and all I know is that I have a new age in the history of my existence.
There have been surprises in the past, especially the story of how I got my first laptop and how everything was played out, I knew God unexpectedly works miracles but this particular one that happened months ago got me screaming out loud that I got some people asking themselves what was wrong with me. Many times, I scream like that when I get astonished because I wasn't expecting it.
On that day, I realized you can be surprised by people you least expect would show up for you. That was the biggest moment for me as it came unannounced. I have always made people smile in my compound and my first ever surprise birthday was in the year 2021 when I was called out around 6 am and they played the trumpet for me. Let's leave this for next time.
I travelled back to my place when I was satisfied enjoying the holiday with grandma. The next day after I arrived at my house, I heard a knock on my door and it was a friend who lives three rooms after mine. She stretched out her arms to give me something and she said, "have this, it's your birthday gift". I gave her the "what's this?" look but she insisted I opened it myself.
As I unwrapped the brown nylon being tied around the flat item, I saw my pictures with the caption "HBD Princess B".
No no no, was what came out first from my mouth as I opened it in awe, I was speechless, didn't know what to say. I felt that teary eyes as I was emotional. I hugged her, that was the only thing I could do at that moment. After releasing myself from her, I knelt and appreciated her. I never expected that. To say that I had wanted a frame of my picture hung on the wall and coming from someone I never expected would show that love, was the biggest surprise to me.
She said, I was worth more than that and the word made me emotional. I couldn't continue with my prayers because I just didn't know what to say next. I have never received something like this ever since I have been celebrating my birthday and this came out just like that.
I thought that was all until later in the evening when another friend rushed into my room as if something was chasing her and my room was a safe haven for her. My heart raced as I was also nervous and kept asking what was wrong. She handed something heavy to me. I was like, "hey, I don't understand. What is happening? You came to my room running like that and you gave me something to hold without saying anything. Why should I collect it? What if it's a bomb?" We both laughed.
After she was calmed and settled, she said it was for me. I was slowly unwrapping the papers while staring into her eyes because I was just wondering what was going on today. When I opened it, alas, it was another frame bigger than the first one.
Just like the first lady, I hugged her and appreciated her. I guessed she had been saving the pictures I posted on my status for my birthday as those were the ones she used for the frame.
I felt that excitement in me. She also said, "you deserve more than this". Oh no! Today has been the best birthday surprise I have gotten, I said to myself. Even though my birthday had passed, they waited for me to return so they could send me their gifts.
I didn't expect them but I saw how loved I was that day. I quickly picked up my diary and recorded the most birthday gifts that came as a surprise to me.
Ahhhhn! Princess, you didn't show us the frame. I want to see it. 😄😄😄😆
I was itching to see it myself but let's forgive her, as she said her phone camera is not in good condition hehehhe !lol
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WOW! Thanks dear.
Thank you for pardoning me 😅
Hahahaha.... Please blame my phone camera and not me. Lol
It is very kind and thoughtful of your friends to surprise you in that way.
When people we don't expect things from go out of their way for us like that, it is priceless!
Yes, priceless... that is the word. Thank you for reading my entry.
Awwn, that's so sweet of your neighbors.
They must have been getting impatient and couldn't wait to surprise you like that.
Just as you were excited, their heart must have been so filled with joy too.
Awwn....That's why it's good for us to pray for our neighbors...You got a very nice present on your birthday. I 'm sure it is one you will cherish forever😀
Yea, they just couldn't wait for me to arrive on time so they could present me their amazing gifts which I would always cherish forever. Thank you, Sis
Suspense no too much like this 😂.
It’s not over until it’s over. 😂 Emotions and feelings inside the inkwell.
It’s good to be good. You just got a little of your kind ways. Don’t relent and keep it going.
Hahaha. Yea, it was a mixture of emotion and feelings plus Inkwell 😃😃
Thank you for coming around.
Are you sending me away 😂. Why do you have to thank me for coming around when I am still around.
Okay. Stay back and keep my blog neat 🤣
Those were some wonderful surprises, and a great way to commemorate your birthday. Everyone wants to feel special on their birthday, and it was nice that those friends thought of a way to do that for you. Thank you for sharing your creative nonfiction story in The Ink Well, and for reading and commenting on the work of other community members.
Yes. It was a beautiful feeling for me that day and I am always grateful to them for coming through with their gifts.
Thank you 😊
Sometimes, our friends, I mean bosom friends would go all out to five us such pleasant surprises. Thankfully, your friends staged one for you at a time you never expected.
Quite an experience.
It was a big experience for me. Thank you for coming around.
It's the thought that counts. Good for you your grandma had given you a gift. I hadn't experienced that even once.
I wonder how it felt when a band came to greet you on your birthday. Your neighbors must've liked you a lot.
I never expected such on that day. I knew how I was loved that morning when they did the surprise for me. Thanks for reading.
You have be kind to them to get such treatment at your birthday. Keep it up.
Yea. I love my kindness and I will keep doing that everywhere. Thank you.
God when ooooo
Seriously,you were lucky no
Atleast it came to you in a very big surprise way when you didn't expect it.
Yes... It was unexpected which makes me more of a big surprise to me. Thank you for reading.
When you're a good person. People will always go out of their way to make you happy. Thanks for sharing
You are very right. This is why we must always act good everywhere we go. Thank you for reading too.
I will be speechless 😶 too if I get than kind of big surprise because I don't even have one frame so for someone to give me that the person just gave me a reason to be happy on my birthday
Yea... Not having something which you desire so much, then someone happened to gift you is always a surprise thing you will ever cherish.
Thank you, Sis.