It’s Brick’s birthday! He’s invited every kid in his class to his party. Frankie wishes he would have given her a little more notice. But she caves to his demands the moment Brick reveals his true birthday wish. He wants is to hear the story of the day he was born. This sends panicked shockwaves throughout the Heck house.
Brick knows something is amiss. No one has ever told him the full story behind the day he was born. It was either raining or snowing or really hot depending on which family member you ask. It’s almost like no one wants to say what really happened. Brick suspects he may have been adopted. That would actually explain a lot. But that’s not it. Mike says, “Come on, what adoption agency would give us a baby?” Good point.
Brick’s birthday bash involves a fun trip to the public library. They can’t make too much noise during the festivities because, well, it’s a library. When the other kids splinter off into the book stacks, Frankie realizes it’s time to tell her baby boy the story of the day he was born. The big secret is that Mike missed the actual birth because he was circling the block looking for a parking meter. Brick’s cool with that story. He likes the part where Mike was looking for cheap parking. We all do, Brick. We all do.