As the sun rose, I woke up to the smell of chicken rendang that my mother was cooking. I sensed that something special was going to happen, so I jumped out of my bed and went straight to the bathroom. I got ready and rushed to my brother’s room to clear my doubt, but my excitement sank when he told me “don’t ask so many questions, just go pack your things.”
With frustration, I walked off to my room and started packing my clothes. I was no longer bothered about the “event of the day” since all were busy preparing for that. Seeing my dad keeping all the things by himself, I went to him to lend a hand. Once all were ready, we left home. Even though a small part of me was not bothered about the event, I was still curious to know where we were going to.
As we were passing by the beach, I was admiring the sunrise and my mind then started thinking how nice to be by the beach right then. When my dad turned the car towards the beach, I got excited. I kept bugging my brother but he ignored me as usual. I then decided to let it be a surprise for myself, and the next thing I did was to take off my slippers and run down the beach. Knowing that I left my parents behind, I knew I would face the music later but again, this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
As the breeze kissed my face, I enjoyed every moment being there. Although it was still early in the morning, the beach was already crowded. It struck my mind again, “why are we here?” So I ran back to my dad eagerly and he then said it was my birthday gift. Out of excitement, my stomach started growling and my mom knew it was time for breakfast.
Right after my stomach was filled, I changed into my shorts. I dragged my siblings to the beach. We were having so much fun that we lost track of the time. Like a glimpse of an eye, it was already noon and time for lunch. My mother’s chicken rendang was there in front of my eyes and I couldn’t resist myself as the smell of the chicken rendang was so tempting. While I was eating, my dad surprised me with a birthday cake.
Though I was wondering when he had bought it, I was happy that my day was being filled with surprises. We continued playing at the beach. We built sandcastles and my brother buried me in the sand; he said that was the most common thing to do at the beach. When it was five in the evening, my parents called out to us and though I was exhausted, I would never forget this birthday.
That day meant a lot to me because it had been a long time since I had a surprise birthday party, and celebrating my birthday by the beach with my family members was definitely something that I couldn’t be more thankful for.
By Sabrina Begum Binti Syed Murthuza, 9, Negri Sembilan
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