“Quick! She is coming. Turn the lights off. Is everyone here?” I yelled. Suddenly the lights went off. “Honk, Honk!” a loud sound came from the other side of the house gate. “They are here!” William, my little cousin yelled. Everyone took their place in the dark. My parents got out of car and headed to steps. “What is wrong with the people in this house? Can’t they come say hello?” my mom said as she opened the door of the living room. “Surprise!” Everyone said at almost the same time. My mom stood there in awe with tears in her eyes which symbolized joy and excitement in her heart because of the unexpected surprise. It was my mom’s 65th surprise birthday party.
Seven hours before the surprise party, I lay on my parents’ bed next to my dad, who had just taken a shower and smelled very good, as usual. All of a sudden, while my mom was taking a shower, my dad whispered, “So what are we going to do for your mom’s birthday?” After my brain had processed the question for some few minutes, I had what I thought was the perfect idea: a surprise party. My dad thought it was a wonderful idea. My dad is someone who cares about people he loves very much, so we had to do something about my mom’s birthday. “Your sister is coming; she can help you organize it.” However, I didn’t want help. This was my time to prove my dad to that I could do things on my own. “I don’t need help daddy, I can do this on my own. I believe it’s called Independence,” I said with confidence. So my dad gave me 900.000Cameroon French Francs (CFA) which is equivalent to about 4500dollars. My dad was a self-employed general surgeon with a clinic of his own so he could afford to spend money if he wanted, but he did not do that very often because of his humbleness and generous heart, not only to his family members but also to people he did not know. The money was mostly spent on so many things like: cake, drinks, decorations (birthday banner and balloons ) and...