Hey everybody! Melanie again. So as I said last Monday, this week we would be talking about...
Cal's surprise graduation party!
And I'd have to say it really was a surprise. I honestly did not think that we would be able to pull it off with Cal never finding out (what with him being able to figure out everything), but we did! And he was thoroughly shocked when I walked with him through the front door of his house and everyone jumped out and yelled, "Surprise!"
I think the look of complete shock and surprise on his face was totally worth it.
He was so excited to get to see all his family, too! One of his cousins, who lives all the way in Europe, was even able to make it to the party, and I could tell that he was just ecstatic that she was able to fly all the way here to make it to his party.
Then came the food. Yeah, like I had predicted, it was a little messy, but there were generally enough tables and chairs for everyone to sit at. Cal and I, with some of his younger family, found a nice place to sit on the grass that wasn't too wet. Even from the grass in the backyard you could see all the decorations that the house was decked out in - the numerous 'Class of 2009' and 'Congrats Grad!' balloons with streamers, wall decorations, centerpieces... While it was kind of cheesy, it was still really neat.
Lastly, as we went to cut the cake, everyone gathered around the table to sing 'Happy Graduation to You'. I know Cal really enjoyed that one. He was hamming it up as the head of the table, acting as the conductor of the group. That's Cal for you!
But, all in all, I really think the party was a success! (Well, it had to be since we actually succeeded in surprising Cal!) It was the perfect way to end his high school graduation.
Melanie Ryder is a character that can be found in Alyssa Montgomery's short stories, Where Are You? and 9:53 P.M. (from the Heat of the Moment Anthology).