Today is Elliot's birthday, and it was a good one. On the way home from school he was negotiating with me about opening his birthday presents. He was also pumping me for information on them, especially whether or not a "Magic Tree House" book was in the mix. "It's a surprise, Elliot, I can't tell you." "But is there a Magic Tree House book in the presents, Mom?" "Birthday surprises are a secret, love, I can't answer that." "Well, just keep the 'YES' secret then, all right??"