~told in the POV of Josefina~
But something wasn’t usual about today.
I looked at the sewing supplies I had set out before myself. I had to make a gift for Chloe – I had to celebrate her birthday in some way.
In fact, I contemplated, I should organize a whole birthday celebration for Chloe. All by myself…it will be my way of truly saying sorry after the way I treated her. If I don’t tell any of the other dolls about this, they can’t help, so the entire thing would be all me.
“Five, six, seven! Enough cups and plates for everyone. Phew, I thought we wouldn’t have enough!” I was talking to myself like usual.
These cookies had to be perfect for Chloe’s party, and I couldn’t let them burn even for a teeny tiny second!
I grabbed a cloth to pull the cookies out with (since I don’t have an oven mitt), turned off the oven, and opened it. The wonderful aroma of the cookies wafted around me, and I deeply inhaled the scent.
Molly snorted. “Yeah, in like, two months? Your birthday isn’t in August!”
“The real question is, who set this up?” Ellie asked curiously.
“Nope! This surprise wasn’t from me!”
“You mean… this… this is for me?” She asked in astonishment.
“Yes! Absolutely yes! Your birthday was August 5th, but I think we all plumb forgot. I just remembered this morning, so…I pulled all this together for you.” I smiled at her.
I then pulled her into a hug. “It’s my way of making things right,” I whispered in her ear. “I know you said you forgave me for what I did to you when you first arrived, but in my heart I knew I had to make things right somehow. And this is how I did it.”
Chloe smiled back at me happily, and I knew I made things right.
“You are the birthday queen!” I announced, placing a pink crown on top of her head. Now that I think about it, I had a beautiful blue crocheted one from Bitty Beanies that would’ve matched her outfit and fit much more perfectly, but I didn’t think about it until just now.
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and we all chatted.
“Aren’t these cupcakes scrumptious?” Emelie was telling Chloe. “Yes, they certainly are!” Chloe answered.
I grinned at her happily. “You’re welcome.”
When we were done eating (I ate the last cookie, which was actually very good, because I was still hungry. All that baking works up an appetite, you know), I sat down Chloe in a spot where we could all see her and told her, “Now it’s time for presents!”
“Woah,” murmured everyone. “I can’t believe she thought of all this, just this morning!” Molly whispered to Ellie. I set before Chloe a little round bin wrapped in pink ribbon and garnished with a pink flower decoration.
“Oh my gosh! This is amazing! Josefina, did you make this? I love it! Thank you!” She gushed and I blushed. (Hey, that rhymed!)
“Oh my word,” Chloe breathed as she stared at it.
Oh no, my mind raced. Does she like it?!
“She has my eyes,” Chloe whispered after a long time. It’s then I noticed her (Chloe’s) eyes were getting wet.
“I LOVE IT. This is the most amazing gift anyone’s ever given me. Thank you, Josefina! How did you know I wanted a doll? She looks almost exactly like me! I love her so much! I’ve always wanted a doll…oh my goodness, THANK YOU!!!”
I was the happiest doll on the planet that day – well, maybe besides Chloe. I saw Chloe smile the biggest smile, and I gave her a gift that she loved. More importantly, I made things right with Chloe.
I sighed contently to myself.
It was a good day.
P.S. By the way, the doll Chloe received was not from AG, I just used an AG box for her. She’s a Barbie brand Kelly doll, I think. Chloe named her Christina. :-)