To my surprise, many things went wrong…
Firstly, the guests had no idea it was a surprise party, I just happen to leave that very important detail out… my fault.
Secondly, I did not start planning the menu until that morning… my fault.
Thirdly, when my son was 10 minutes away, only one guest had arrived, as I had not emphasised they come on time for the surprise… my fault.
Fourthly, when he showed up and (thankfully a few more guests had appeared) we yelled surprised, he looked confused.
His 23rd birthday had been and gone, as had his graduation without celebrations… I suppose that was my fault too.
By the way, it was one of the most unusual, but lovely parties I have ever thrown.
The picture of Ryan’s face, as he was trying to come to grips with ‘who’ was being surprised, and if it was him, why?
It taught me many lessons; particularly about organisation and procrastination.
Firstly, the importance of people who make the experience…
It is the people… not the food (though the food was scrumptious)… or the decorations… or the music… it is the people!
Secondly, because I was so nonchalant, sidestepping perfectionism erring towards living in the moment.
I let the worries slip away, allowing myself to be present in the moment and embrace the whole event.
Because of this…
the party will be forever lodged in the rich archives of my stories to share with friends and family.
What have I learned?
It’s the people that count, none of us are perfect, and…
By living mindfully, you can savour the moments.
So, who can you surprise?
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