Hee hee hee. If all goes as scheduled, by the time you are reading this, my mom will have had a wonderful surprise. The planning began about a year ago, but I think my dad has been dreaming of this for about 5 years.
Five years ago, my sister invited my parents out to her house for Thanksgiving. She lives on the opposite side of the country from my parents, my brother, and I. Unbeknownst to my parents, my brother and I (and our families) were also going to be at my sister's house for Thanksgiving.
My parents were delighted, as were my siblings and I. We couldn't believe that we actually managed to keep the reunion a surprise. We giggled like little girls the whole weekend. (My brother might not be OK with that description, but it's pretty accurate.)
About a year ago, my dad mentioned to us kids that he wanted another surprise reunion, but that he wanted to be in on the planning stage this time. Thanks to Facebook messages, we were able to plot and plan. My dad told my mom he wanted to take her to Yellowstone, and that he would take care of all the details. Mom usually takes over any task of organization, but she let my dad plan. We found a place that would accommodate our group and made our reservation.
I'm writing this ahead of the actual event (I'm not sure how reliable my internet connection will be), so what follows is the plan:
My siblings and I will meet at the cabin the night before our parents arrive. On Saturday (my mom's birthday!), my parents' kids and most of the grandkids will show up at Old Faithful at the same time my parents are there. We're hoping that Mom will be so distracted anticipating the eruption, that she won't notice us coming up behind her. My dad, ever the photographer, will set up his camera to hopefully capture the moment that she realizes we are there.
When I went to my parents' place in July, I really did go to help them, but the ulterior motive was to help keep Mom's radar down. It had been about a year since I had seen my parents; it would never cross Mom's mind that I might see them again in just a couple of weeks.
Not only will we be celebrating my mom's birthday, but this year is also the year of my parents 50th wedding anniversary. I can't think of a better way to celebrate.
I imagine we will all be giggling like little girls.
Have you planned a surprise party? How did it go?
Thanks for my parents, and for family reunions.