A Birthday Prize

David was a 10 year old boy who lived in New Jersey and had never left his own state. His birthday was only a few weeks away, and all he could think of for a wish was to see the Matterhorn in Switzerland. Unfortunately his family could not afford to send him to Switzerland. Thus, David continued to dream for his trip through his pictures that hung on his bedroom wall.

David also had a talent in drawing the mountain. His doodles were always of the mountain standing isolated from other peaks. He drew the four faces perfectly. Some of his sketches had the village of Zermatt. This was the town that one saw below the peak of the mountain top.

One day his sister, Lisa saw an ad in the paper for a contest. The prize was a trip to Zermatt, Switzerland. What a prize that would be for her brother. She showed the contest to David. He got very excited when his sister gave him the form. He read all the details of the contest. The object of the contest was to draw the Matterhorn the best and most original way you can and send it in with the entry form. First prize was a trip to Zermatt, Switzerland for two.

That was easy for David since he has been drawing the mountain forever it seemed like. He showed the contest form to his parents and they agreed he could enter it.Quickly he grabbed the best drawing he had completed, filled out the form and sent it off. It would take three weeks until they would announce the winner which was right at his birthday.

Those three weeks seemed like an eternity to David. Finally the day came. A letter arrived in the mail with the news. Your drawing has won the contest. Oh David smiled with excited about his prize. He almost started to cry. Everybody gave him a big hug to congratulate him.

Now David had to decide who he would take on the trip. He chose his father. The trip was for five days in Zermatt at a local hotel. Two tickets for the Gornergrat were also included. This was a train ride that would take you to see the Matterhorn. David looked once more at the ticket and he noticed that the trip was to take place in two days. No time to loose. Both David and his father got to packing and cleaning themselves up for the trip. They would fly from Newark, New Jersey and land in Geneva, Switzerland.

The day finally arrived for the big trip. Lisa and his mother waved farewell as they drove off by taxi to the airport.

At the airport, everything happened very quickly. They checked in at the counter and went to the terminal for their flight. It was not a long wait for them to board. When they got to their seats, they secured there baggage in the baggage compartment above their seat, sat down and buckled themselves in for takeoff. It was an 8 hour trip to Geneva, Switzerland.

After the plane departed the stewardess handed out papers, magazines, headphones, and a snack before dinner. The flight included dinner and breakfast. Once dinner was over the lights were dimmed for sleeping. David closed his eyes and before he knew it, the plane landed in Geneva, Switzerland.

It looked so different than New Jersey. One could see mountains right away. After David and his Dad got their suitcases, they took a three and a half hour bus ride to Zermatt. From Zermatt they took a red Swiss train to the village of Zermatt. A hotel taxi took their bags to the hotel. From the hotel they could see the mountain. How majestic it looked. David said, “I think I can almost touch the mountain it looks so close.” “Tomorrow we go up there. I can hardly wait.”

The next morning David was up before his father. He got dressed and ran to the window and started sketching the Matterhorn. Now I can really draw the mountain the way it looks like. This way I can remember my trip forever.

After breakfast, David and his father walked through the village to the train station to climb aboard the Gornergrat train which would take them directly to the Matterhorn. It was about a 45 minute picturesque ride up. When they reached the end of the trip, David’s father started to sing Happy Birthday to him. Before long a group of children on the Gornergrat station started to sing along too. David almost cried with happiness. “Thank you everybody” is all David could say. “My mountain, The Matterhorn is here in front of me. My Birthday wish has come true. What a fantastic day it is today. Thank you.”

A Birthday Prize

Monica Engeler

Little Falls, United States

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This is about a 10 year old boy with a fantasy to see the Matterhorn for his birthday. This story is based on my own experience in many ways. I had longed to see the mountain too and finally saw it two years ago. I created the story around my own facts about the place.

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