Friday, May 1, 2009

The Big Secret

Since you asked, I thought I’d blog today about my wonderful surprise yesterday. My husband told me to pack up the kids because he was taking us somewhere for supper. We live in a small town, so we’re very limited as to where we can actually eat.

When he pulled into Dairy Queen’s parking lot, I said: “Oh! We’re going to DQ for supper.”

“Yep. G’s going to buy us supper.”

Although the thought was nice, I couldn’t help but think that it wasn’t much of a surprise because G had offered to take us to DQ on Monday. “Are we doing anything else after this?”

He smiled. “Yes. This isn’t the surprise. It just worked out this way.”

Okay, so I still didn’t know where we were going for this surprise, but I knew it didn’t have anything to do with supper. He’d said we’d have to drive a while to get there, so that ruled out whatever might be going on in town. Whatever it was, there was some kind of a time frame, like it was going to start soon because my husband kept watching the clock.

“We have to go now,” he said, grabbing one of the twins by the hand.

So, we loaded the girls into the car and drove toward the center of town. As we passed the school, I noticed quite a few cars parked on the street. I figured there was some sort of game going on. I don’t really follow school sports. Then, it hit me, just as my husband turned the car and parked along the side of the school. I had seen some girls in tutus the other day. Was there a dance recital at the school?

Yep. That’s what it was. My husband knew I was considering enrolling the twins in a dance class, but I wasn’t sure if they would really get much out of it at their age (almost 4). Apparently, a few weeks ago, he’d contacted the dance instructor and asked her all about her classes. She then invited him to bring the family to this recital. He’s kept this secret for quite some time. The little sneak. How can I not love him?

“I thought we had to drive a while to get there.” I raised my right eyebrow.

“A while can mean many things.” He laughed. “I thought that might throw you off.”

It had, but I’m glad. This way, I wasn’t able to guess the surprise before it happened, and the girls loved it. They now want to be ballerinas and tap dancers, too. Most of all, they want to dance with the prince (the male dancer).

This surprise might not have been anything all that big, but it was special to my family. My husband’s thoughtfulness doesn’t go unnoticed or unappreciated. I’m a lucky woman.

What’s one of your favorite surprises?


  1. Omgoodness what a sweet DH! My husband would rather die than see a dance recital his DD wasn't actually in.

  2. Aw. that's nice. I can't think of a single 'nice', UNEXPECTED surprise. My hubby is--apparently--very predictable. I love him, but he's predictable... If he does something for Mother's Day, I'll be surprised. LOL

  3. I think that's a fantastic and thoughtful surprise, for sure!

  4. Thats really cool. Damn, now I gotta do something unpredictable for my wife.

  5. Does your DH offer instructional step by step lessons???? My DH would never even think up something the adorable!

  6. Okay, I wish you could see my face, because I have my shaking-the-head-and-going-awwwww look on right now! That's so sweet. Your girls are going to be so adorable next year when it's their turn!

    My hubby amazes me. He surprised me with a laptop two years ago and it made me cry! He's a good man.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. Love the unpredictability of it. I was thinking horses. If it'd just been DQ, your post probably would've been different. HA!

  8. The only surprise I have had lately has been my period! LOL

  9. That was sooooo very sweet of him to plan that and do it!! He is a real keeper!

  10. Wow, that was very thoughtful. The last thoughtful thing hubby did was fix dinner while I had my daughter at riding lessons. I was so not looking forward to cooking but when I got home it was fixed and the table set.

  11. That was a great surprise for the twins, no? Did they like the recital enough to want to sign up?

  12. Oh, that is so sweet! Glad it was a great surprise. I love the ones that come out of nowhere. :)

  13. Yes you are. :D Aren't husbands the most wonderful creatures in the world?

  14. I didn't know you had twin girls. For some reason I thought they were boys! Aren't girls fun!? My twins are nine and are finally figuring out just how much fun it is to be twins! They've been inseparable this week! Glad you had such a great night!

  15. Hi Lynnette,
    That was a wonderful story. My husband surprises me so often but I would say my favorite was what he organized for my 40th birthday. He saw to every detail at a Ritz Carlton for me and 6 of my closest friends. Limo picked us up and I didn't know where we were going or who we were picking up and then he had gift bags for us all waiting at the Hotel. We spend the day at the spa and then dinner and a sleepover.
    I found you on Jody's blog about writing. Good luck with all your writing efforts too.

  16. That's so neat that your husband took the time to WANT to surprise you! What a sweetie!

  17. what a delightful surprise, and what a dear & darling hubby. i think the best thing in the whole world is being married to your best friend. how does it get any better?!

  18. Your husband sounds absolutely wonderful.

    My daughter threw a surprise party for me once that was a total surprise. I had started chemo, had los tmy hair, and was not really goign out and acting a bit blue. She invitied all my friends over for a hat and scarf party. It was just what I needed at the time.

  19. Sweet, sweet post and sweet man,

  20. Surprises are great and that was a really thoughtful one.

    My daughter started dance at 4 and loved it - they don't push them too hard at that age and they are sooooo darn cute at the recital you just want to eat them up!

  21. How lovely!
    It sounds like you are the type of person who appreciates the lovely little gifts that everyday life can bring.
    That, in itself, is a gift. :-)