“It’s time to make our Valentine Cookie Surprise!” Mama said.
Carla wiggled her feet into her boots. “Let’s jump in the car!” she said, as she gave a little hop.
At the store, Mama said, “This year, find something tasty that starts with ‘c.’”
Carla skipped down the aisles looking for a delicious something to hide in the cookie dough. “Chocolate starts with ‘c!’ I hope I get the cookie with the surprise!”
At home, Mama made the dough. Carla brought out the chocolate. Mama said, “You can watch the cookies bake through the window.”
The timer went “ding!” The cookies were hot, hot, hot.
Carla hid as she waited for the cookies to cool down.
Mama took the first bite and there was no chocolate. “It’s your turn!”
Carla took a cookie and sniffled as she ate.
“Carla, it’s ok if you didn’t get a cookie with chocolate inside. You can have another one after dinner.”
“Mama, there isn’t any chocolate,” Carla said.
“I’ll cut some open and we’ll see.” The more cookies Mama cut, the more tears ran down Carla’s cheeks.
“I already ate the chocolate.” Carla sobbed.
“Oh, Carla!” Mama said. She started laughing. “That is a cookie surprise!”
Mama kissed Carla, and they ate another cookie after dinner.