Earlier this week, my best friend Kelly sent me a text message, inviting Dave and myself to dinner on Friday night to celebrate my birthday. The four of us rarely go out on Friday nights. Mostly because of work and family commitments. So at first, I was surprised, but when she told me we had to wait till 8:00, to give Andrew time to get home from work, and their babysitter time to get there, I didn’t think about it again. I was looking forward to it all week.
Dave and I are known for being early to everything. I despise being late and would rather sit outside and wait till the right time than show up late for something. Kelly sent me a text and said they were actually running early…and that they’d be there closer to 7:45. “ Better for us”, I thought.
We got to the restaurant, a great little place that Dave had never been to, and walked in. It was quite crowded and I told that hostess that we were meeting another couple, and would be four for dinner. Then I heard, “SURPRISE”, looked over and a table, filled with friends was there, waiting for me. Dave smiled sheepishly and giggled. I was completely surprised. Surprised to the point of tears. Truly, overcome with emotion. It wasn’t my 40th, or 45th, birthday, not a “big one” to celebrate but they all told me, that after the months I have been through recently, it was a good reason to celebrate.
Kelly had thought of friends from all different phases of my life. My best friends from childhood, JoyLynn and Tricia who have been through their own emotional few months, (with their mom suffering a severe heart attack and going through extensive rehabilitation) were there. Tracy and Nicole, wives of Dave’s friends since childhood, who are now some of my closest friends, were too. My former next door neighbor Lisa, who I love and wish I saw more often, my cousins Jody and Lisa who I am so incredibly close with and Maureen and Lynn, teacher friends, neighborhood friends and simply just two of my closest friends were there as well. My sister, who I know was a big part of this, could not be there, as she was still out of state attending the funeral of her father-in-law.
I don’t think I have ever been as completely surprised as I was last night. Even at my bridal and baby showers, there was an inkling of something that was going to happen. Some people might wonder if surprises are overrated. Not me!! Walking into the restaurant and seeing all of these friends was just amazing. I was speechless at the incredible outpouring of love from these women that I love so much, many who I see all of the time, who went to the trouble to plan and keep this secret from me, just to offer me a night that was finally just about me. A night where I could focus on nothing else, but the love that they all have for me! It was truly a night I will not forget and I thank them all with all of my heart.