Dawn smiled at Jim for the first time and it was like looking at her mother all over again. She brushed her long brown curly hair from her face as the wind caught it then got into the limo. The driver took them back and Jim said he would pick her up spot on nine o’clock tomorrow.
“Thank you for a lovely birthday; I had a wonderful time.’
“See you tomorrow princess he said as the limo pulled away.’
“Dawn waved as the car drove slowly out of the street.
Dawn let herself in to find both her parents in the garden. Her father was out with the petrol mower cutting the grass and her mother was cutting the borders of the grass with some edging shears.
Hello darling said her father as he caught sight of Dawn as she walked into the garden.’
Hi dad, hi mum.’ She sat on the swing and pushed herself and began to work the swing higher and higher.
“Did you have a good time dear?’
“Yes I did, Jim is really cool.’
“Do you want to tell us what you did asked her father?’
“Yes we went to the Hoppings Fair on the Town Moor daddy, it was wonderful. We ate hot dogs and burgers and he even bought me an ice cream with a chocolate flake.’
“Oh not junk food dear, you know we don’t eat that rubbish here.’
“Mother it was nice.’
“I know Dawn but we didn’t bring you up to eat hot dogs and burgers.’
“Well I’m having kippers tomorrow as Jim is taking me to North Shields Fish Quay to show me where my mother worked. ‘
“It will be filthy down there and full of germs, God knows what you will come back with.’
“Don’t be such a snob mother; I will be fine.’
“I think you should go in and have yourself a shower if you have been on the Town Moor its very muddy up there.’
“Jim bought me a pair of wellie’s and a brolly as well.’
“How did he know your size?’
“He must have guessed; they were a perfect fit.’
Dawn got off the swing turned and went back into the house. She went upstairs to her room undressed and went into the shower.’
She thought about the day that she’d had with Jim and couldn’t wait for tomorrow.’
After her shower she put on a terry towelling bath robe and wrote in her diary.
“Met my real dad today for the first time; I like him he’s really cool. He took me to the Town Moor to the Hoppings Fair. I had a great time. Jim is funny. We ate hot dogs and burgers and we had ice cream together. She hugged the teddy bear that Jim had bought her and read the seven birthday cards which had happy birthday princess have a lovely day love from mam and dad with kisses on each. Dawn placed them into a box and put them away in her wardrobe. She took out the photo of her real mother and stood it up next to the clock and kept looking at it.
“I can see why you liked him mum she said out loud; he’s really nice.’
She put on her pyjamas then came down for dinner which was a special birthday surprise from her mother. They had bought her a cake with seven candles which she blew out and made a wish.