Saturday, September 22, 2012

Surprise!


Guess who showed up at our door last night? That's right, our son surprised us by coming home for the weekend. Better yet, he has not a plan in the world except to hang out at home and do whatever with his parents. How cool is that?

He was kind of perplexed when he walked in, because there were half-finished pina coladas in the living room and various tapas dishes abandoned on the kitchen counter, and he was like, "What is this? Am I interrupting date night?" My husband and I laughed and didn't say "Some things never change," because this is one of those unchanging things that makes us happy as can be. 

This morning we talked warmly and easily as he looked up dates for the firefighter exam and how to get hired as an EMS by the FDNY, and whether they will pay to train him as a paramedic and how often the promotion exam to firefighter is given, and pay scales and heart things and everything about what happens after May when he graduates from college and whether he'll live abroad for a while, or travel the world, and he's busy mapping out the next phase of his life.

But now I have to stop before I say too much because that line I walk to maintain a modicum of privacy about my children's lives is about to be crossed and Lord knows, I dance back and forth across that line all the time. They roll their eyes and indulge me and sometimes they ask me to take a post down. We'll see. I think I stopped in time. 

12 comments:

  1. LOL, relax. You're the mamma, they're the children. You're supposed to embarrass them in sweet, loving ways like this ;-)

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  2. What an incredibly wonderful surprise! Your son just warms my heart. You and your husband have obviously done a whole lot of things right!!!! So he wants to be a Firefighter! What an admirable profession! I cannot believe that he will be graduating in May! How did that happen, Angella? Enjoy this very special time with your beautiful boy. And about that line you keep skirting across...Isn't that part of our jobs as mothers;)?

    Love and miss you, dear heart.

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  3. this post of yours made me happy.

    although it's a couple of years off, i can't really think about my son leaving. to imagine a thing like this could happen makes me feel...

    ...as if it might be something i will survive after all.


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  4. See, they come home when you least expect it. Rounding everything out.

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  5. I love that he surprised you. Sweet, sweet, sweet.

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  6. Oh ...jealous! Actually, I hope the Queenager doesn't make a surprise visit in the next week as I have someone staying in her room!

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  7. Oh, what a wonderful surprise. I love that he caught you in the middle of pina coladas and tapas, too.

    I can't believe he is a senior! I know it makes me sound old... but geez. Where does the time go, and all those other sayings that sounded so silly when I was young.

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  8. I bet he was SHOCKED that not only are y'all still living your lives while he and his sister are not around, you're doing it in such fancy ways. Good for him to discover that.
    Good for you to get to see that fine young man of yours.

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  9. How was the weekend? I love happy surprises like this. When I was going to NYU I sometimes would go back to Long Island to surprise my family with a visit. I needed those visits more than they did.

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  10. such a treat--even better that he did it, unannounced. i can just imagine the joy...

    xo

    susan

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  11. Children coming home must always take precedent over....well, everything! :-)

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