Life in gold

Had an absolutely brilliant idea tonight.

Talked with my mother the other night and we talked about the fact that their 50th anniversary is next year. We talked about what they want in terms of a celebration (my brother wants to throw a party but they’d prefer an immediate family dinner). They realize that I probably wouldn’t be there — I haven’t been home (for a variety of personal reasons) in about 5 or 6 years, despite the fact that I’d like to see my family again.

Tonight I was thinking that the ultimate surprise would be for me to show up unexpectedly at the dinner. But that relies on me being able to keep the secret myself — I have a tendency to give things away that I’d intended to keep to myself when I talk to my mother. Thought about bringing my brother in on the surprise but don’t know about that now — I don’t know that I trust him not to let it slip but we’ll see.

It could be marvelous. I could pretend that I’ll call them on someone’s cell phone during the dinner, so that I’ll feel like I’m there and then just show up instead. If I could pull it off, it would be huge. I’d have to mentally prepare myself to actually go there — I really don’t want to be in that place anytime soon — but I’d have several months to accomplish that.

Of course, it all hinges on me being employed still then. I expect I will but, hey, never say never. That’s yet another reason not to tell anyone else about it.