Monday, June 14, 2010
My husband is now a full-fledged member of AARP. These are the times you appreciate marrying a much older man. And, he appreciates having a young, creative wife to plan the best of surprises.
Our DC/Loudoun trip was Gene's actual "gift", so he wasn't expecting his 3 best friends from high school to show up at Hooter's the night of his actual birthday. So unexpected it was, that he had no clue the "drag queen" who approached him in a "Shooters" costume was his buddy Dan from Boston. The 2 men that followed in mullets and fake teeth were wrestlers Nick and Rob from NY. At that point, I was a little concerned about his arrhythmia, since he was barely breathing and his face was bright red.
It's not easy to surprise your husband of 22 years. We tend to know each other very well and can usually smell a surprise a mile away. But I think I got him this time. After the wings and beer night, my daughter and I took off on Saturday to cousin Cheryl's to give them some guy time. They golfed and hung out and grilled the live lobsters he got as a gift.
And, on Sunday, we converged for a lovely breakfast at the house followed by a grueling and fierce middle aged volleyball match in my backyard. Noone got too hurt, noone was rushed to the hospital, lots of laughs were had, and we vowed to have a rematch at 60.