As I was growing up and becoming more aware of special occasions, I would never fail to launch a surprise on Mom for her birthday. It was my way of showing her how much she meant to me.
It could be re-wrapping and/or re-using that bunch of artificial tulips and re-presenting it to her (she loved tulips but they were just too expensive).
Or managing to find a pre-loved accessory or bag she couldn’t find in a while and re-wrapping it….
Or switching off all the lights in the house just when she finished shower (whoops wrong timing) while lighting up the birthday cake…only to receive a scolding pre-mature of the surprise intended
As I grew older, I always made it a point to send flowers to her office every year. If I could afford anything additional on her wish-list, it was a blessing. But if not, a cozy lovely dinner and just the 2 of us was good enough.
This year, I felt terribly guilty for making her worry for 2 days prior to her special ’28th’ birthday. I had a fall-out with the husband 2 days prior…, and inevitably channeled some angst down her way.
That was undoubtedly undeserving. And indeed I was utterly thankful when I could make it up to her over a hearty dinner at Canopy’s with the husband. 🙂
She opened up a lot to us (Luke, especially) as we felt happy for her. The husband & I had wished for this sort of happiness to befall on her for a while now.
Funny enough, a conversation about my decision which transpired between the husband & I was all too timely and befitting of the plans mom shared. We knew it was divine intervention.
So…anyway we had a blast. Wine, dinner, lots of chatter and love going around.
Happy Birthday Mom. We love you lots!