When my husband, Danny, was invited to go hut skiing the same weekend as our trip to Wisconsin, skiing won. You’re not surprised, are you?
Anyway, last Tuesday, Danny remembered we hadn’t transferred the tickets. I had spaced them out too. Duh! We would lose them on Thursday. One ticket could be used in April, but I couldn’t think of another time to go back.
While taking a walk on the trail near our house, I had a thought. Why should I stick around the house while Danny has fun and my mom’s eighty-fifth birthday is the same weekend? (Danny says I’m the queen of rhetorical questions.) Then BAM! I had a Eureka moment. I’ll surprise my parents!
This being totally last minute, I called my brother to make sure this would be a good time to come. He thought it was a great idea and arranged to pick me up at the airport. I hoped I wouldn’t give them a heart attack. My dad turned eighty-nine a couple of weeks ago and my mom would turn eighty-five on the 9th.
When I arrived at DIA, I had two hours to spare. Security always takes forever, but glancing over the railing, the line was non-existent. What? Was the airport shut down and I didn’t get the memo?
I sailed down the escalator and asked the security guy, “Where is everyone?”
“A plane ran off the tarmac in Chicago and there’s bad weather back east. Lots of flights were cancelled.”
While waltzing to my gate, I took a photo along the way. Okay. I took a ton of photos to get one that was somewhat acceptable. My arms are too short for selfies and they distort my face. The others looked like I was picking my nose.
I plopped down on a chair near the gate since I was tired from walking and my knee ached. Sitting down for two hours would aggravate it. My doctor had said “Have a great trip,” the day before, but I still worried about a setback. Then I overheard someone say our flight was sold out. Dang. I’ll be crammed between two people and won’t be able to move for two hours. Oh well, I figured I could elevate and ice it at my parents’ house.
A lady took the window seat next to me while I waited for someone to take the one on the aisle. I scanned the aisle while the cabin doors closed. No one showed up. YES! I scored an empty seat for my sore left leg. No lie. It was a major score! *
When I arrived in Madison my brother, Joe, picked me up. I was so excited, I forgot to pick up flowers for my mom.
We walked into the house and their Collie pranced into the kitchen. I thought he would go ballistic, but he just wagged his tail. He must’ve guessed something was up. I heard my mom ask, “Joe is that you?” from the TV room.
This was it! I hoped she would be okay with my surprise. She had no idea. Neither did I until forty-eight hours before.
Mom sauntered into the dining room where we stood in the dark. I hunted for a light switch, but couldn’t find one, so I asked Joe to turn it on.
She recognized my voice.
“Who’s that?” she said and then started crying. “Susie? No. It can’t be.”
“Oh! Are you really here?”
“SURPRISE!” I said and gave her a hug.
My dad has dementia, but he was happy to see me too!
It was the best surprise ever.
Sometimes it pays to be forgetful or impulsive or both. As long as there are a few tears and no heart attacks, it’s all good.
*I got an empty seat on my return flight too. I should play the lottery.
Do you like surprises? Do you like to surprise others?
Nice to make your parents happy!
Thanks Anneli! We all enjoyed our time together and the celebration of my mom’s birthday was frosting on the cake. HA!
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Such a sweet surprise! and yes, I love surprises.
Thanks Darla! I’m so glad I went!
Most of the time, I’ve enjoyed surprises. Gotta love the effort that goes into it!
What an EXCITING SURPRISE and glad to hear no one was hurt in the surprise 🙂 I love surprising others and making their day. Happy Day!
Thanks Rene! It was a blast. I’m glad no one passed out from shock! Ha!
I bet you’re great at making other people’s day with your positivity. 🙂
I am loved and an acquired taste all rolled into one being – ha!
At their ages, you couldn’t have thought of a better present. Big smiles. (and funny how things work out!)
I think that’s really true of their age. It was the perfect present for my mom!!! Timing is everything.
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How sweet of you to surprise them! I did to my grandparents for Thanksgiving a year back and they were so happy. I need to do it again sometime soon!
Awww! I bet they still talk about it. My parents loved it. I was so relieved!!!
Thanks for stopping by, Emily! Great to “see” you.
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Awwww, what a wonderful surprise! Love the pics of your dear parents. And the one of you almost picking your nose. 🙂 So glad your impulsivity got you there, where you belonged. My heart feels all warm and cozy inside for you and your parents. Like my mom, they cherish our visits more and more.
ps. I recognize the RA hands in your mama. 😦 RA sucks!