#SOL18: Early? Late!

“Be ready at 1,” Sherry said as we left the evening of playing cards.

So I call about 10 minutes out.  But it’s 11:50.

“Are you about ready?”

I hear a litany of tasks and to do’s and my sister sounds surprised.

I was thinking . . . “Be there at 1. At the destination!

Sherry says, “We can get started if you get . . .”

“But it was supposed to be a surprise!” 

I sneakily grab the document. Scan. Upload. Share.

“So where are we going?”

“Pella.”

“Jess wondered why I didn’t ask where we were going.  But I told her I did.”

I just shook my head.

Packing up. Paying attention to road closures due to flooding creeks and raging rivers.

Talking. Driving. Talking. Following the GPS.  And yet there was just one turn.

“I could tell you the directions if you let me know WHERE we were going,” as my elder sister tried again to figure out the surprise.

All the Marek girls.  And just in time.  The paperwork was done. With keys in hand it was time to pick up the new wheels and celebrate a birthday!

Was your last planned surprise really a surprise?  This one was! 

A big surprise that she was ready EARLY! 

And a Happy Birthday!




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4 responses

  1. I am awful with surprises – don’t like getting them and have a hard time keeping them secret. This one sounds fun -I like how you wrote it … I was trying to figure it out as you wrote. Most likely feeling a bit like your sister.

    1. Thanks, Clare. I’m not real fond of surprises but I do prefer to be on the “knowing” side! LOL!

  2. I can be pretty good at keeping surprises. Great format. I can feel the excitement growing. I like the way not only your sister but others I know try to sneakily find out what or where the surprise is by asking questions of making statements and then judging reactions.

    1. Sometimes “travel” days make me wonder about my schedule. This was a quick “write on the road” !
      Thanks!

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