Monday, May 18, 2009

Nothing up this sleeve...Maybe?... or ...A much needed surprise

Last Friday I decided to take my personal day and drive down to Texas to surprise Spencer. I love a good surprise - the anticipation, even when I plan one out, makes my day.


I got up and left my house at 5:30. By 7:30, when Spencer and I normally talk on the phone as we head to work, I was deep into the Arkansas hills. I had to keep coming up with explanations for why my phone kept cutting out. It took all of me to not text or call him as I was driving. I didn't want to ruin the surprise. Then at 11:45 (my normal plan time), I texted him. I asked him what he was doing for lunch. He said he was staying and eating at work. "Perfect!" I thought.


I headed on to his work. I arrived at 12:30~ half way through his lunch break. I pulled up and parked right next to his truck. I texted him to go out to his truck. No response. I waited. Nothing. So I called him. He said that he was playing cards and that he couldn't stay on very long.

I said, "You don't follow directions very well, do you?"
"What?" he asked.
"My text."
"I haven't read it yet."
"Just come outside."


I wish I could have been a fly on the wall of that break room. I guess the break room window faces out to the parking lot and when I said "Come outside." Spencer saw my car, his jaw dropped, he handed his cards over to the guy next to him, and all the guys were like, "What's going on?" and he said "Dawn's here." and as he headed out the door, they all ran to the window.


He came out dumbfounded. He was speechless. I was so proud of pulling off a perfect surprise. But to my dismay, he kissed me, told me he needed to go finish his lunch, and sent me on my way to his house. All I could think was, "I came 7 hours for this?"


I stopped at the Dairy Queen by his house to get something to eat... I mean, I was expecting to eat lunch with him, so I hadn't eaten. As I was waiting for my order, he called to make sure I had made it to his house okay. I told him I was getting something to eat, but that I knew where I was going. He kept talking to me as I drove to his house. He has two driveways that lead to his house (the paved one is his landlord's and the gravel one is his) so I asked if I should take the paved or the gravel. He said paved.

I pulled in and parked. As I was talking to him, he hung up. I was like, "What?" So I called him back. "Why did you hang up?"I asked. "I didn't." "Okay?...well, I'm here. I'm going to let you go so I can go eat."

I hung up with him and walked up his steps. As I got to his door, I saw his work boots. Strange~ maybe he got him a second pair. I walked inside and turned into the kitchen. There he was! Standing... waiting for me! I really do think I jumped out of my skin! I said, "but...how???"

Then I realized that he was able to beat me because I stopped to get something to eat, and that he had me go down the paved drive because he was on the gravel one, and that the reason he hung up was so I would look down at my phone so he could get out of his truck and into the house before I got out of my car.

I truly do love that he was able to surprise me back~ I love a good surprise!!!!

We enjoyed the rest of the weekend just having time together - much needed face time - but as always our weekends are always too short, but we were both glad that we would now only have to wait a week before seeing each other again.

1 comment:

  1. OMG! I have tears in my eyes! Those are the great moments you will remember forever. (And, in about 10 years, wonder why they don't happen more often. You gotta make 'em happen.) I remember surprising Tom at a Super Bowl party in Springfield when I lived in STL. The look on his face (and the huge smile) is ingrained in my mind. That's what love looks like.

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