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Unexpected Surprise (The Reveal) — Mother’s Day 2015

Since I wanted my mom to be surprised, I enlisted the help of my neighbor, dearest and most special friend, and my sister from another mother. LOL!

I made arrangements for the package to be delivered to her house, and she was going to keep it for me until Mother’s Day. Because my health prevented me from doing my shopping for all items related to wrapping said gift myself, she went above beyond what I could have ever dreamed possible to help me pull off this surprise. She works in a party planning store, and before she clocked into work over several days, she walked around the store taking pictures on her cellphone of wrapping paper, bows, and ribbon. All I had to do, was pick what I wanted, and she handled the rest. Tried to pay her over and over, for all the time she put in helping me, but she wouldn’t take a dime. I love that girl! 😀

First, she sneaked over while my  mom was busy with me, while Dad waited for her in the garage to bring over the big box. Then on Saturday, the eve of Mother’s Day, she brought over the wrapping items while Dad waited for her in the garage.  Sneaky aren’t we? Twenty-four hours until Mother’s Day…..

Mother’s Day morning, Mom and Dad headed to the grocery store, and I wrapped the smaller of two gifts — one of those retractable lawn watering hoses. Didn’t come in a box, and it was really awkward to wrap to say the least. Why did I buy her a watering hose for the yard? Well, the backyard was remodeled earlier this year, taking away the grass, large tree, and replacing it with drought tolerant plants, trees, and shrubs with rock garden in between. It’s very pretty, but harder for her to water because the individual plants, etc., have to be watered by hand. Hence, the gift of the retractable hose.

After their return from the store, and groceries were put away, Dad retired to the garage to wrap the BIG GIFT.

The dinner prepared and cooked by Dad, was cashew chicken, white rice, and Italian squash.

With the table cleared, it was time….Mom opened her card that I designed for her on the computer and opened the first of her two gifts. Getting the hose made her laugh, and she appreciated it.

I told Dad that there was a second gift in the garage that he would have to retrieve. He played dumb really well. LOL!  Mom didn’t have a clue. My plan has worked like clockwork. It wasn’t until she opened the box that she realized what I had done and what she now owned. Mission accomplished! I relayed the story of speaking to the artist on the phone when I placed the order and I think that surprised her even more than the gift itself. As a side note, their anniversary is next week (55 years), and I plan to pay for the framing of the artwork.

All in all, Mother’s Day 2015, was a complete success, and I believe it will probably go down as the most memorable one we’ve shared together.

An Unexpected Surprise

Mother’s Day is nearly three weeks away, and as usual I’m struggling to decide what gift to buy my mom. If you’ve read “The Broken Energizer Bunny” or read “About Me” and how she’s taken care of me my entire life, and especially over these months since my illness and recovery, you know how important she is to me and how close we are. This year I had to come up with something that she would never ever think that I would buy her and what I bought for her this year, is going to knock her socks off.

Mom loves art — all types from the Masters to the abstract and obscure. She also loves movies — the old ones from the 1940s and 1950s. The gift I have for her this year is a perfect blend of both. Her favorite artist is Gary Saderup who creates beautiful portraits in charcoal of celebrities from all walks of life — movie stars. musicians, and athletes. If you’re not familiar with the name, google it, and you’ll be amazed at the life-like quality of the portraits.

After receiving a catalog via email, I found the perfect portrait, and today I called to place the order. A man answered the phone, and we chatted about my mom’s love for the artist’s work (she’s had a portrait of Charlie Chaplin that she absolutely loves, since the late 70s, which I found out today was his first portrait he’d created). The man took all the necessary information to place my order, guaranteeing that it would be here by the middle of next week. As I was ready to end the call, I remembered some advice that my dad had given me, “Always get the name of the person you’re talking to. It’s good business, and it will help if you need to contact them again”.

So I asked the man’s name, and he replied, “Gary”. My heart began to beat a bit faster.

I asked, “Sir, am I speaking to the artist Gary Saderup?”

He replied, “Yes dear lady, you are!”

I’d definitely call that an unexpected surprise, wouldn’t you?

Can hardly wait until May 10th to be able to relay today’s events to my mom. I’m sure she’ll be just as surprised as I.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, MOM! 😀

 

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