"Can you at least tell me what I need to wear? Casual? Dressy? What?" I ask my husband for the fourth time earlier this week.
"No. All will be revealed on Friday," he says with a sly grin.
"But I might want to go out shopping to get a new outfit if I just knew what I need to wear!" I say getting exasperated.
"You don't need to buy a new outfit."
I hate surprises.
Really. I do.
Hate. Them. With. A. Passion.
Early in our marriage I tell Chris, "If you ever decide to throw me a big surprise birthday party, you might as well just give me the signed divorce papers as my birthday present."
That's how much I hate surprises.
But a few weeks ago at our 10th wedding anniversary dinner Chris tells me that my anniversary gift isn't quite here yet and that I should take the day off on April 29th.
"Because it's part of your anniversary present."
"Are we going somewhere?"
"Can't tell you that."
"Well, what do I need to wear or bring with me?"
"You'll just have to wait and find out."
So, by yesterday when not one of my inquiries met with anything more than a "All will be revealed on Friday" I am absolutely beside myself with curiosity and not just a little bit of frustration because I have no idea what we're going to be doing or what I should be wearing today.
Last night at 5:15 Chris texts me, "So, what is your evening looking like?"
I text him back, "I'm wrapping up here and can be out of here pretty much at any time."
"I'm in the mood for some chili steak. Want to meet up at Tongg D?"
Meet up at my very favorite Thai restaurant? As if he even has to ask? "Sure!"
"Done! See you there!"
Of course, at that moment my computer decides to go all kaplooey on me (seriously??? now???) and I spend twenty minutes trying desperately to un-kaplooey it. So now I'm running late. Urgh.
Finally I make it to the restaurant twelve minutes late. Chris has already secured us a lovely corner table on the far side of the restaurant. He is standing in front of the table wearing what I can only describe as a huge shit-eating grin on his face. The grin widens as I move closer. Then he steps aside as I am about half-way across the room to reveal someone else sitting at the table.
And there she is.
My oldest and closest friend flown all the way out from Seattle.
My surprise anniversary gift from my amazing, kind, thoughtful husband who always knows what I need.
This surprise...pretty fantastic.