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19. What’s in the Box?
Perry’s 32nd birthday was today. His wife, Amanda,
promised him something special. Perry couldn’t imagine what
might be. He already had everything he needed
wanted. Whatever she was going to give him,
was definitely going to be a surprise. She
not asked him whether he wanted anything, and
had not dropped any hints suggesting that he
hoping for something. In fact, his plan was
to watch TV and ignore the event. There
certainly nothing interesting or exciting about turning 32.
he got home from work, he changed into
shorts and a T-shirt and took their dog
Boy for a walk. When he returned, Amanda
also gotten home from work. She gave him
kiss and told him happy birthday. He thanked
and asked what the surprise was. She told
that it was on the pillow in the
. He went into the bedroom and found a
wrapped package with a big blue bow on
. He brought it out to the living room.
don’t you try to guess what it is?”
“Okay,” Perry replied. “It’s not a motorcycle
a houseboat. It’s not my Christmas bonus. It’s
another pet; I don’t see any air holes
the wrapping and I don’t hear any sounds.”
, maybe it’s a turtle,” Amanda smiled.
explain the silence, but turtles still need to
,” Perry remarked. “It’s not a book or a
or a CD, is it?”
“No, you’re not
close. Remember, it’s something special.”
“Well, you’ve got
,” Perry said, puzzled. Something special in a box
was only about one cubic foot. He told
that he gave up. She told him to
the box. After opening it, all he found
a little rubber doll.
“What’s this?” he asked.
’s a boy, silly! I’m pregnant,” Amanda beamed. “And
name is going to be Perry, Jr.”