Russian 106 assignment: Write a short story, fact or fiction, about celebrating a holiday.
Every summer, on September 4th, I celebrate my cat’s birthday. I like this day. It might my favorite day of the year, I think. I always prepare for her a cake with fish—usually, I buy the fish at the market from Rurik, the fish man. Like my cat, Rurik really loves fish. He always knows which fish will be great. This year, I prepared a chocolate cake with fish and berries. In sugar, I wrote on her cake: “Happy birthday!” I did not write how old she was, because she has never told me. Maybe she is very old; maybe she was born with the sun; maybe she saw the dark earth turn bright.
Maybe she prepared the world just as I prepare her cake.
I do not know which year she was born. But I do know that she was born on September 4th. And thus, I give her a present. I cover the fish in luminescent paper, I write her a letter, I draw a fish on the letter. I draw using pens with cat nip (herbs for cats). It is true that last year, I did not give her a present, but I did take her to the theater to see her favorite play: no, not “Cats,” but “Candide.”
Each year, on this day, we sing, we dance, we laugh, we drink milk. We are happy.