Way back in January, my sister decided she was going to work her butt off to raise the money to drive her family from Iowa to meet us and our parents on our way to Florida. The best part? We decided to keep our parents in the dark and surprise them.
Daddy had turned 70 back in December, and it had gone past without much of a to-do. (And back when he retired, I started getting a guest list together for a party, but pregnancy kept me from getting very far with my plans.)
This was our opportunity to really surprise him and Mom. Big time.
Over the months my 5 year-old couldn’t keep the secret — she let it slip twice. Both times I brushed it off, “Oh, Sweetie, you’re confused. We saw Aunt C. last year…” My mom never thought twice about it.
As the time grew closer, I started to second-guess our decision. After all, he was 70. What if the surprise was too much for him?
The cell phone rang constantly as we drove. “Where are you?” my sister would ask, trying to figure out our location compared to hers and where we might meet up.
Finally, while we ate lunch at a rest stop, I told her we would be stopping at the Georgia Welcome Center off I-75 to get some books on hotels to stay at for the night. She was 5 minutes from the Welcome Center; it was the perfect spot to meet.
Daddy got out of his car with one thought on his mind: get the books and get back in the car. No one else was getting out of the car. I jumped out of my own car, camera hidden behind my back. I HAD to catch this on camera! (And, I admit, I wanted to be there in case the surprise was too much.)
He walked right past her. (Again, he had one thing on his mind…)
It wasn’t until he saw a man with a video camera (her husband) and my sister went up to him and said, “Hi,” that he recognized her.
My favorite part is when he asked if they were going with us to Florida. (Dad, why else would they be in Georgia???)
Once he realized they were going with us to Florida, he asked if Mom knew.
So off we all went to see her reaction.
I wish I could have gotten a picture of her through the car window. Her jaw dropped to the floor!
We did get this great pic, thanks to a stranger who volunteered to snap it for us.
This was definitely a once in a lifetime moment. Daddy said no one had ever surprised him before… I am so thankful to have had a part in this surprise.
I am thankful that my children were able to have vacation with their cousins, to visit with family members they don’t get to see very often. I hope it is something they remember their entire lives.
I know I will.
That’s what I’m thankful for this week.
Now it’s your turn!
I’d love to hear how you’ve surprised someone in your life, or what you’re thankful for this week.
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