When I had my 21st birthday party, I did
not have to do anything. I did not have to even send out the
21st birthday invitations. You see, it is a tradition among my
friends to throw 21st birthday parties for each other. We take
care of every aspect of the party planning. That way, the 21
birthday party is a celebration of the person's journey into
full adulthood. Although you are an adult at the age of 18, it
does not feel like it until you hit the age of 21. After all,
that is when you get the right to drink.
I never got to see the 21st birthday invitations until the
party had already happened. That was also part of the
tradition. You see, the 21st birthday invitation told
everything about the party. All of the guests were informed of
all of the activities. That way, everyone knew but me. I have
to admit that not being able to see the 21st birthday
invitations made me a little bit nervous, but I was thrilled to
be the center of attention.
When I had planned the birthday of my best friend, Adam, I
had gone all out on the 21st birthday invitations. I had set
out a scavenger course, except that it was designed for him
alone. Each of the 21st birthday invitations was different. You
see, the 21st birthday invitations gave everyone their
assignments. Joe, for example, was supposed to hide a small
bottle of scotch in the backyard which Adam would have to find
and drink to get his next clue. For my part, I had to organize
everything. I had to print out the 21st birthday invitations
and send them out randomly to all of the guests. Then, I had to
meet Adam downtown and give him the first clue.
I have to admit that I could not wait to figure out what
they had in store for me. I did everything I could just to get
a peak at those 21st birthday invitations, but it was all in
vain. No one would tell me anything, and the 21st birthday
invitations were all well hidden. My friends knew me too well.
They knew that I could not stand surprises, and would do
anything that I could to find out what secrets the 21st
birthday invitations held. As it turns out, I am glad that I
was forced to wait. The party was amazing.