First of all, I should probably thank my dear mother for being wonderful, for providing such entertainment, for letting us laugh at her, and for joining in the laughter. Because, oh, how we laughed.
So, as I’ve mentioned, I went to California. And surprised a few folks. Including my grandparents. Our scheduled departure time for leaving to pick up the grandparents was noon but Gramps called at the crack of dawn to see if we could move the departure time to ten am. For those who don’t know my family, leaving on time is an event in and of itself; two hours early is unheard of.
We did manage to arrive at 10:47 to my grandparents abode and as we pulled into the driveway, I gave the camera to Dad to snap a few pictures of the surprise. Bad move. Well. Considering the enjoyment we got out of these pictures, maybe it was just as well.
So I hop out of the car. Gramps and Grama are both intently studying the inside of their trunk. I stand about ten feet away from them for a good 9 seconds until they notice me then for another 8 as they stare. Then things compute and we laugh and hug and exclaim together.
After a few minutes of chattering, I look behind me to see Dad and Davey snickering and chortling and snorting while Mom is staring at them with a ‘you guys think you’re so funny and you’re not’ expression. I ask to be filled in and Mom just rolls her eyes and says, ‘There making fun of me and it’s not even my fault.’
We all pile in the van with me and Dad in the very back and I ask again what was so funny. Dad immediately starts wheezing and Mom turns around, glares, and says, ‘Dad just took a bunch of pictures of the back of my head!’ I turned on the camera and bent over it with Dad to see about 27 of these.
I start to wheeze myself and exclaim, ‘Dad! Why didn’t you move?!’ Mom pipes up, ‘Because they were too busy laughing at me!’ And I can see why. Mom looks like she’s trying to be ever so sneaky and just epicly fails. I composed a collage for you so you can see the progress of the surprise and mom diligently tracking.
And then we arrive at these pictures. And Dad and I start gasping for air. And these are just too good so I can’t smoosh them into a collage. Just scroll fast.
Oh. Gasp. So funny. And never mind the surprise going on in the background. Let’s just see how many angles we can get of mom. Laugh.
Anyways, after we had wiped the tears from our face, we passed the camera up to Mom and she couldn’t help but chortle herself. Then she gave it back and we looked at them again and oh, how we laughed.
And you guys wonder where I get my exuberance.