Most people look forward to their birthdays because of the presents they
receive. I have been getting my share of birthday presents but none of them have
been remarkable so far. My parents always give me money which they tell me to
save and not spend. My friends give me stationery and books which are fine but
not that exciting. Then, on my seventeenth birthday, someone gave me the best
birthday present ever.
My birthday began like any other day. It was a Thursday
so I had to go to school. Only two people in school remembered it was my
birthday. One bought me a drink at the canteen. The other got me a highlighter
pen. The hours flew by and I forgot it was a special occasion. When I reached
home after school, my parents were still at work. On the dining table was a
white envelope with my name scrawled on it. I opened it and found a key and a
note. `Happy birthday, my dear nephew,' was written in familiar writing. It was
from my Aunt Jess. I looked at the key more closely and I realized it was a car
key. Excitement grew within me. Could my aunt actually be giving me a car for my
I went out to see if there was really a car outside the house. Parked
opposite the road was a small red car. It was not new though the paintwork was
shiny. It had only two doors. I tried to open the door with the key and it
worked! The car had a faint smell of leather. I studied the meters in the
dashboard. Everything was in tip-top
condition. I could imagine myself driving down the street.
I was beside myself with joy. This was
the best birthday present I had ever got. My aunt must have found out that I was
planning to get my driving license as soon as possible. Once I got my driving
license, I would be able to get around on my own easily. Now, I would not have
to wait for public transport. Getting to and from school would be
a breeze. I would be independent and mobile.
It gave me a great sense of freedom.
On my seventeenth birthday, I became the owner of my very own car thanks to
my generous aunt. I will never forget the thrill of getting this gift. It was
the perfect gift for me.