Well, so much for staying quietly at home!
My sister, Jeanine, phoned me Wednesday afternoon and the conversation went something like this:
Jeanine: Hi, what are you doing tomorrow?
Me: Nothing special. Why?
Jeanine: How’d you like to make a quick, overnight trip to the cabin to surprise Dad for his 80th birthday?
Me: That’s a great idea. Count me in.
Now, there had been talk of doing something special to celebrate Dad’s milestone birthday but between the cruise earlier this summer and everyone’s work and holiday schedules we just hadn’t been able to put anything together. Jeanine, herself, had expected to be away but thanks to some vehicle troubles her own family vacation had been postponed and she found herself at home instead.
Another sister, Anna-Marie, was also free and up for the surprise so we quickly coordinated food and travel plans and arranged to leave first thing the next morning. It was so fun to see Mom and Dad’s expressions when we pulled up in front of the cabin mid-afternoon, bearing supper fixings and birthday cake.
Our visit was short but sweet--just over 24 hours later we were back home again—but we’ll all remember Dad’s impromptu birthday celebration for a long time. There’s definitely something to be said for spontaneity.