MEDDLE2“How dare you meddle in my affairs?” he yelled.

“But, but, I just wanted to…”

“Don’t sass me back! How many times have I told you to stay away from my kitchen? Huh? A dozen? TWO dozen? I don’t know why I put up with you.”

“But, but, I, I, I…”

“I, I. I, what? What are you, in the Navy? Aye, Aye, Aye, my tookus.”

“Um, that would be tuchus, not tookus.”

“Oh, so now you’re the grammar police too, is that it? First I catch you sneaking around, hiding things behind your back. Then I walk into my prize kitchen and see traces of flour – flour! – in the waste bin. And now you’ve blocked me off from getting to my own basement rec room. I can’t believe this. All I want to do is relax. Nobody cares about me. You’re all too busy with your own piddling lives to think about me. No, couldn’t ask that much of my so-called “friends.”

“But, but, I just want to…”

“Never mind. I’m going downstairs. Maybe I can find some peace and quiet reclining in an empty room.”

“But, but….” Her voice trailed off. A smile slowly grew as he opened the door to the rec room in front of her.

“SURPRISE!,” the crowd roared.

ꭉꭊꭊꭊꭊꭊ Happy Birthday to you!

ꭉꭊꭊꭊꭊꭊ Happy Birthday to you!

ꭉꭊꭊꭊꭊꭊ Happy Birthday, dear frieeeend!

ꭉꭊꭊꭊꭊꭊ Happy Birthday to youuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!

“But, but, but….,” he sputtered.

“Hey, that’s my line,” she laughed. “Here is your cake. I baked it myself, in your kitchen, of course. And here is your present. Happy Birthday, dear!”

Crying with joy, “Thank you so much, dear. I treasure every moment with you. And my friends. So thoughtful, so wonderful. The best friends in the world.”

David J. Kent is a science traveler and the author of Lincoln: The Man Who Saved America, in Barnes and Noble stores now. His previous books include Tesla: The Wizard of Electricity (2013) and Edison: The Inventor of the Modern World (2016) and two e-books: Nikola Tesla: Renewable Energy Ahead of Its Time and Abraham Lincoln and Nikola Tesla: Connected by Fate.

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