A little bit of background…
My brother Matt is graduating with a degree in Government this week. This is a huge deal. he is the only one of the three of us to get a degree.
A few months ago my mom called and wanted to plan a trip to come for the graduation. But it would only be for a few days, we couldn’t take leave, the kids were at school and we decided it was too expensive to come for so short a time. Rather she would come for 2 weeks in December.
Fast forward to last Tuesday. My mom phones me. She is booking a ticket and she is coming on Friday. Don’t tell Matt!
The plan was for me to fetch her from the airport on Friday morning, she would go to fetch the kids from school and surprise them and then Matt and Yana were going to come for supper and walk in and be all surprised.
Except they already had plans with Barrie for dinner. So I messaged Barrie who kindly cancelled his plans with them (without letting on why) and they could then come to us for supper.
Except now Matt was suspicious. But deny, deny, deny. No, mom is not coming.
To make the surprise a bit bigger, since Matt was already suspicious that she was coming, we hid mom in the laundry room when they arrived and told the kids to pretend Nana wasn’t here. We made mom wait for 5 minutes in the laundry room before walking out ever so quietly.
Yana saw her first and she was speechless. It took a minute for Matt to click and when he turned around there was mom.
Its been a whirlwind. From getting the tickets to surprising Matt to organising who, where, what and whens. But its been so much fun!
Matt’s graduation is on Wednesday and mom goes back to SA on Friday morning. So a quick trip. But so special to have her here.