Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Gift

She checked her watch for the tenth time.  Only an hour had passed.  She let out a loud sigh, not caring who knew how much she wanted to be anywhere but this family reunion.  She was sure this whole day would be a colossal waste of her time. 

"Jenna!" her grandma beckoned her from under the shady pavilion. Jenna pasted a smile on her face and made her way over.

"Hi Gramma," Jenna said, sitting in the open camping chair.

"Jenna, I'm so glad to see you," Gramma said, reaching over and squeezing Jenna's hand.

"It's nice to see you too," Jenna said. She mostly meant it. Anyway, it was what you said when someone said that to you.

"I've been meaning to talk to you," Gramma began. "I know you're itching to go away to college in a few months. Did you know that Grampa had a special gift for all of his grandchildren once they graduated high school?"

"Um, no," Jenna replied. Grampa had died when she was about 5. She barely remembered him.

"Well, he did. He wanted you kids to have a great start to your life away from home. And since you're here today, I might as well tell you that your gift is ready. He set aside $100,000 for each of you kids."

"Wait....what? Does Mom know about this?" Jenna squeaked.

"Oh, I don't know. I thought I mentioned it to her," Gramma mused.

"So you're saying I have $100,000?" Jenna could hardly breathe.

"Well, he set aside $100,000 for you. I suppose there is a bit more with interest and all that."

Jenna didn't know what to say. $100,000! She could do whatever she wanted! For the first time, she opened a door to a dream that she had thought was impossible, since she had to go to school. But with money like this, she could maybe skip all that and go directly to the thing she really wanted to do: dance in Hollywood. 

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