What a fun party! And, guess who came? Lisa-Jo Baker, the creator of Five Minute Friday and the author of Surprised by Motherhood! She hasn’t been to an FMF party in ages but it was so fun to see her last night. Kate Motaung, our gracious host, posed the question, “What is the best writing advice you have ever received?” So many had really good comments. It was a good time and the word prompt was announced, and really considering who was in our midst, it shouldn’t have been a…
Surprise is a fun word – and as I stop and think about the times I’ve been surprised in my life or have seen surprise in someone else or created surprise for another I realize that SURPRISE and SHOCK are two very different things. Surprise, for me, brings joy, laughter, and happiness. Shock, on the other hand, brings sorrow, pain, a sense of emotional unrest.
In my lifetime I have enjoyed creating the surprise and being the target of a surprise. All involve birthdays!
- My daughter’s 16th birthday. I took her shopping on a Friday night to the mall and bought her a camera, fully loaded and ready to take pictures. All the while, apologizing to her that I was sorry her 16th birthday was so non-eventful but money was scarce and schedules were tight. She kept reassuring me it was okay. We went home to our very small home and I asked her to go out on the deck to check something, it was dark out by then, and as she opened the door, ALL her friends (and she had a lot of them) jumped up and yelled, SURPRISE!!!! Oh how fun!
- My Mom’s birthday – had it all set up so when she went into the fellowship hall of her church for what she thought was a congregate meal, her grandchildren and great grandchildren, jumped out from behind tables yelling, SURPRISE! Such joy it brought her.
- My daughter planned a party for my 60th and then announced that unfortunately, all the folks she invited couldn’t come. I was a little disappointed but got over it quickly. We still went to her lovely home for the day and to celebrate together. She was bustling about and I was trying to help and she said, “Mom just go upstairs and help Tom with his website – he needs you to proofread the copy and it will only take about an hour, please?” So I did. Quite a bit of time passed and I was lost in words and edits when finally she yelled up, “Lunch is ready!” I walked into the dining room and a whole crowd of special friends were there and there were giant pictures of me, through the years, on the wall!” SURPRISE!!!
This brings me joy to remember these events – Surprised by joy.
God is such a good, good Father and has brought tremendous joy in my life.
Have you ever been SURPRISED?