On a holiday, I was sitting in my room after finishing my homework. As my friends were away to hill stations, I was feeling very lonely. I watched the cars and other vehicles passing by and wished that like my friends, I would also have been travelling or passing my time.

While my mind was occupied with thoughts of holiday and having fun with my friends, the doorbell rang. I ran to answer it and found the postman with a parcel and a letter for me.

I signed the paper and took the parcel. My hands were itching to open the packet out of intense curiosity. I ripped the parcel open and found a beautiful tape recorder in it. The parcel has been sent from the U.S. and the letter along with it was from my uncle who had sent me a wonderful gift.

However, even more, exciting than receiving the tape recorder was the letter which my uncle had written. The letter was an invitation to go to the USA to spend holidays.

My uncle had arranged everything for me the tickets and the visa. I already had a passport. My heart skipped several beats as I ran to give this great news to my mother.

She was taken aback initially and her first reaction was not so positive. However, she thought over it, consulted my father who was in his office and they both agreed to allow me to go to the United States to spend the rest of my holidays with my uncle.

I jumped from room to room and started packing my clothes, my books and other articles that I would need there. My mind was filled with various ideas about how I would spend my time with my cousins.

I started dreaming about Disney Land, Universal Studios, the Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon and the other tourist attractions that I had read about in magazines.

My father took me shopping the same day because he felt that I would need some more things to take along. We bought gifts for my cousins and my uncle and aunt and when I came back home my cupboard was full of new clothes, shoes and gifts.

Since I had not expected any such thing to happen to me, and I had been feeling sorry for myself, this offer came as a great surprise. This was indeed the happiest day of my life and I don’t think I shall ever forget it as long as I live

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