Sunday, July 22, 2012

He Got Her... Gooooood!

I'm not sure when he conjured up the idea, weeks, months, maybe even years ago, but my Pop was d-e-t-e-r-m-i-n-e-d to surprise my Mam-Mom for her 70th birthday.  A surprise, which he knew would make her angry, and that he little chance of pulling off.

While he was still doing well, and still living in Florida, he called my mother every single day, with new invitees, more intricate details, and the most recent updates of his "big surprise" status.

He wanted dinner, drinks, dancing, tons of orange {her favorite color}, their "song" playing as she walked into the room {"Funny Face" by Donna Fargo}.  He had the perfect plan in mind, and WE were his team who had to make it happen.

So, we went to work.

Then, he got sick.

But... he never forgot about the party.

And he made us promise to make it a reality.

So, even though he got sicker, even though we had to change the location, narrow down the guest list, and compensate for all the current obstacles that were in our way, we were d-e-t-e-r-m-i-n-e-d to make his wish come true.
For the both of them.

The day came, and knowing that he wouldn't be able to make it out of bed, we brought the party to him.  We sneaked and schemed and all met outside of my mom's house in preparation to storm in and "Surprise" the hell out of his sweetie.

He had an idea that is was the day but we reminded him and gave him a 5 minute til surprise reminder.

He was ready.

{It wasn't the easiest of days for him, that day, but when he realized what was about to happen, he pulled it together, and boy did he make it an amazing moment for her}


I brought my laptop into the living room as my mom said, "Ok, Pop, are you ready to show her your surprise?"

Pop: "Yup!"

I pushed play and "Funny Face" began to play...

...she smiled, thinking this was his surprise...

...he began to sing "Happy Birthday"...

...she told him "No, sweetie, that's not the song"...

...and one by one, we {her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren} filed into the room.

They both started to cry.

And we serenaded them with the rest of "Happy Birthday."

Then, in true Pop fashion, he looked at her and said "Naaaa Naaa, I TOLD YOU I would get you one day!"

We all burst into laughter.

In that moment, we had him back... this was HIS show.

It wasn't your typical party, as we had to make sure to give him space and not overwhelm him, but it was one of the best parties I've ever been a part of.

It was for his Funny Face.  And she knew how much it meant to him.  It was a great day.

Happy 70th Birthday, Mam-Mom!
Hope you loved your surprise.


the workaholic momma said...

oohhh mmyy...HOW SWEET!!!! I just LOVE everything - I'm so glad you guys were able to celebrate - it sounds like it was quite the surprise - great job pulling it all off;)

Monica said...

This is the sweetest thing I have read in a while! How great that you were all able to do that for them!

Natalie said...

Awww this is too sweet! So glad you did get to celebrate!