Lily and I both had volleyball the morning before her party. As we were walking out of practice, Lily said "I've always wanted to try a papaya. Just give me a papaya for my birthday and I'll be perfectly happy. But I don't know how to eat it..."
"Ok Lily," I said " I'll buy you a papaya, and print you out step by step instructions on how to eat it just for you." Lily laughed at the thought of actually getting a papaya for her birthday, but I was laughing because she thought I was kidding.
When I got to the party, almost everyone was there already (including Maura :^)) . I beheld two presents: One was a pink bag which contained a bracelet and a gift card, and the other was surprisingly heavy and lumpy, not to mention huge, wrapped in butterfly wrapping paper. I gave them to Lily, and she had a sneaky, knowing look on her face. She broke out into a wide grin and said "Is this a papaya?" I pretended like I had no idea what she was talking about. "Huh?" I asked her. She just smiled and put it with the rest of the presents.
After the scavenger hunt, pizza, and cupcakes, it was time for Lily to open presents. I told her she should open mine first. She took it and tore through the wrapping paper. "YES!!" She screamed "It's what I've always wanted!! Thank you SO much!" Everyone was very confused (especially Lily's mom) as to why I gave her a papaya of all things, and why Lily was so excited. I don't know why, after all, it's exactly the kind of gift Lily would love.
The next morning we were in the car on the way to volleyball, and Lily pulled out a plastic bag with slices of some kind of fruit in it. She proudl"Would anyone like some papaya?"