The best part of surprising your family with your unexpected visit is their ecstatic reaction and emotional outburst the moment they lay eyes on their loved ones and register that it is real and not at all a dream. This holiday, my children and I opened the door to my parents’ dark room, early in the morning, giggling and filled with excited jitters.
Everything went according to plan and exactly how I envisioned it for four months. Watching my parents repeating “WHAT?” over and over again scooping my children up in a tight warm embrace was a sight that would forever be etched in my memory.
Every time I retell how we entered the room, I watch my kids’ faces light up; they enjoyed every moment of the surprise reunion and the suspense a few minutes before entry. I was so proud of my son who kept this secret from them for so long never once saying anything that would give away the unforeseen. He even kept my brother’s secret as well. You see, my brother did the same thing the next day and walked into the kitchen of my parents’ house in broad daylight only to astonish them even further.
My father’s 70th birthday is in May but neither one of us could be there on that day so we decided to celebrate it a month early with a cake baked and decorated by the kids.
The whole trip was great fun. Not only did we visit some of my favorite places in Jordan but we had great food and wonderful company. My father took me in a strong embrace in the departures area, thanking me for bestowing such a wonderful gift on his birthday; time with his grandchildren. I am just happy that they were happy.
I will leave you with a few pictures of Jordan.
|The chocolate cake that the four grandchildren mixed, baked, iced and decorated for their grandfather.|
|It was Spring time in Jordan. Such beautiful scenery. I LOVE olive trees.|
|Jerash... one of my favorite cities in the world. Petra is another favorite.|