It's Hetty's fiftieth birthday, an event she does not want to celebrate. Regardless, the family is planning a surprise party for her. But things are not going well on many fronts. Neither Great Aunt Eliza or Rachel can decide what to get for her, Aunt Eliza wanting to get something memorable regardless of cost, Rachel not being able to find anything cheap enough. Janet has to make a second birthday cake after Daniel gets into the first one. And Hetty arrives home from her outing to the publishers three hours earlier than expected, and she seems to want to go everywhere that the party planning is happening. But as badly as the party planning is going, the day is worse for Hetty. Her latest manuscript has been rejected, Mr. Wilton Jr., the new publisher stating that her stories of exotic locales are fake and stilted since she hasn't experienced life in these exotic places like many of the great writers. Hetty has always cherished her life in Avonlea, but now wonders if she has missed ... Written by
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I will never forget the days of my youth. When the waves rippled between my toes, taking the pink and silver grains of sand back out to the depths of the sea. There was a peace then; an indescribable feeling of immortality in the ebb and flow of the tide, and the seemingly endless stretch of beach and sky. Now as I gaze out upon those same sparkling waters, I realize that youth is never left behind, but is carried always, gently, in the heart.