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Let Her Eat Cake! This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Oelania P, Brooklyn, NY

   Myfamily believes in travel. My mother adores geography, and although I find itquite boring and stuffy, she loves long trips filled with luxurious white sandybeaches, crystal clear waves, and tours, tours, tours!

The scene: St.Maarten, a little island in the Caribbean shared by the French and the Dutch.When I was younger, we made two trips to St. Maarten. The second time, mybirthday fell during the trip. How glorious! In-between swimming with my littlebrother and trying to catch lizards on the veranda, I planned my birthday. It'snot like I had any friends with me, so my happiness lay with a great bigcustom-built cake. That's right, a custom cake.

My dad dragged me out ofthe surf and took me to the most gigantic grocery store I had ever seen. It wasmind-boggling for a little kid who's used to the local market.

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