I don’t really like to be surprised. I’ve always secretly hoped that no one ever throws me a surprise party. I don’t know why. I love having fun and going to parties. I guess I don’t want all the attention focused on me.
But this past weekend I was totally and completely surprised, and it was wonderful!
Here’s what happened. My husband and I talked about how we’d spend the long President’s Day weekend and Valentine’s Day with low-key plans. I was looking forward to getting some things done I’d been putting off. Like starting our taxes, paying bills, and working in the yard. I knew I’d be making chocolate chip cookies for Valentine’s Day (my husband’s favorite!)
On Friday my husband and I were out checking on our businesses, and decided to get a Filet-o-Fish sandwich (we don’t normally eat at McDonald’s, but it’s Lent… we don’t eat meat on Fridays, so why not?).
We walked up to the front of the restaurant and I noticed a girl sitting on a bench. She looked a lot like our youngest daughter, Talee, who is away at college. Wait…
These are the thoughts that raced through my mind in the first five seconds:
- Those are really cute tennis shoes, Talee would love those. She’s been looking for that kind.
- Gosh, that girl is really cute, she looks just like Talee.
- She’s wearing a t-shirt with Talee’s sorority logo on it.
- I should turn around and tell my husband how much that girl looks like Talee.
I stared at her. She stared back. Is that Talee? How could it be? I just talked to her this morning and she told me her weekend plans. And it didn’t include coming home!
Just then she giggled, and said, “MOM!” I laughed and hugged her so tight. I squeezed her and kissed her soft cheek. Then I hugged her again. And again.
My husband and Talee told me I had the funniest expression. It wasn’t a surprised look. They said I looked absolutely stunned. I couldn’t comprehend the fact that it really WAS Talee.
So, they got me.
One of the first things I said was, “Is Mackenzie coming home this weekend too? I don’t want to be surprised again!” The answer was yes.
We had the most wonderful, four-day, Valentine’s weekend. My beautiful daughters were home, and I was a very happy momma.
Needless to say, I didn’t get any of my work done. That could wait. I spent every minute loving my girls, catching up, and just being together.
I still don’t like to be caught off guard. But I wouldn’t have changed last weekend’s surprise for anything.
Sometimes life’s greatest joys come when you aren’t expecting them at all.
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