But then, if they weren't unexpected they wouldn't be a surprise now would they? Surprises come in many forms; they can be fun, terrifying, or life changing. I would like to tell you about the biggest surprise I ever got and it falls into all three categories.
It was the afternoon of Christmas Eve, 1971. Kenneth and I had been dating since July and we were at his parents house exchanging presents. It was early afternoon because after we finished with his parents we had to drive 80+ miles to have Christmas with my parents. It seemed like a perfectly normal, quiet Christmas Eve. As we began to open our presents, Kenneth handed me 2 packages. Neither were very large, but they weren't suspiciously small either. I picked up the larger of the 2 and began to open it...I pulled off the paper and thought to myself, "is this a jewelry box...could it be...no, it couldn't...it's not the right shape". Slowly, I opened the blue box, and at that moment, my life was changed forever.
Yes, in case you haven't figured it out by now, it was an engagement ring. I definitely had never had a surprise like that. I think I screamed and cried, all at the same time. The rest of the afternoon is kind of a blur. All I could do was grin from ear to ear and stare first at my ring and then at Kenneth. I do remember the other box was a pair of birthstone earrings (garnets) and his mother had hand knitted me a white cape.
After we finished there, I couldn't wait to get to my parents house to tell them the big news. I was so excited that when we crossed the bridge into Indiana I told him to take the wrong turn and we had to go the long way around. (I'd only driven this route about 500 gazillion times!) Even in all my confusion we eventually got there and surprised everyone with the news and my beautiful new ring.
That ring is still as precious to me today as it was that Christmas Eve afternoon so many years ago. As I said in the beginning - some surprises are fun, some terrifying, some life changing and some all three; but, after all, aren't those the best kind?
Until next time...that's my view.
Written for the GBE 2 Challenge, week 26