Greetings from America!
Are you surprised to read that? Well, you should be since very few people knew about my trip. I mean, even my parents didn’t know! Which was the plan, as I was trying to surprise my Daddy for his 70th birthday.
And I think it might have worked. Or at least he pretended not to know… (Either way, I saw the tears in his eyes so I know he was pleased to see me whether he knew I’d be there or not.)
You see, for his birthday my sisters decided to have a family dinner at the Old #3 (Dad’s choice). He was expecting to see most of his daughters and their families. (As I live in Scotland, it was assumed I’d be absent.)
But when he arrived, most of his siblings-in-law were there, too. Which was a great surprise to Dad.
After all the exciting greetings of “wow there are more people here than I expected” I was given the go-ahead to leave my hiding place in the restaurant’s backroom.
It took a moment for Daddy to realise someone was standing in front of him… but he seemed quite pleased and surprised (as did Mum) when he looked up.
Here’s a wee video of the big reveal, when I explained that I didn’t get to the post office in time to send his card and birthday monkey, leaving me with no choice but to hand-deliver them.
Anyhow, I am here in the Homeland for about two more weeks. But my laptop has died so I am waiting on a newly ordered one. Which means I might be a bit quiet for a couple of days because typing on Mum’s split keyboard is pure agony. Especially as the letters are worn off the keys and I can’t touch type!
But I’ll be sure to share stories of my travels soon.
Photo: Copyright Parker Eberle; used with permission. L-R: Royann, Veronica, Jessica, Dad, Celeste, Mum, and Me.
Video: Copyright Virginia Soderstrom; used with permission.
[Note: I owe a special, massive thank you to two of my sisters who helped with the surprise by helping with the cost of the flights. Being a starving PhD student means trips like this are a financial challenge, and their generosity is appreciated more than words can say. I am excited for the day when I am back to full-time work again so that I can either pay them back or pay it forward.]