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My Sixteenth Birthday It was late January 2000 a memorable time of my life It was Super Bowl Sunday and one of the coldest days we had in a while The ice and snow in the trees made is look like a winter wonderland outside My family and I were settled in the den feeling the warmth of the wood burning in the fireplace anticipating the long awaited football game However I had other things on my mind this day and it surely was not a football game My parents constantly asked me weeks before what I wanted for my sixteenth birthday in February I thought of many things but the one thing I really wanted was a new puppy I really was not sure of how they would react to this idea so I hesitated to let them in on my thoughts I was not prepared to receive the rejection and heartbreak that I knew I would feel if they said no For weeks I purchased the newspaper searching the ads looking for that perfect puppy I knew what I really wanted and that was a Chinese Shar Pei I had never seen anything so lovable in my life With every picture I could imagine how one would feel cuddled in my arms The Chinese Shar Pei has loose skin that is literally covered with wrinkles from head to toe I had heard the phrase that something could be so ugly that it was cute and these puppies fit this description to a tee What seemed like hours of silence as my family and I sat staring at the television the question come up again Nichole what do you want for your birthday My heart felt like it stopped I looked at my Mom and then at my Dad with the biggest smile on my face and Knight 2 before I could think I told
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