Friday, April 22, 2011
Almost 12 years ago, when Marty was 31/2 and I was pregnant with Joey, Vic was turning 40. Now, 40 is one of those milestone birthdays that deserve to really be celebrated and recognized. I had thought about throwing Vic a surprise party but that possibility got derailed when I found out Vic was scheduled to work on his birthday. But, I started thinking (yeah, yeah....no cracks about how me thinking is dangerous) and decided to go for it anyway. I called up Vic's shift commander and asked him if I could bring a cake in to Vic at work. Not only did he say it would be fine, he decided to amp it up. Vic shift commander told me if we got there around 7, he would arrange for Vic, his guys, and all three other stations to be there at head quarters. Marty and I rolled up at just before and as we headed up to the training room in fire headquarters, we hear Vic's voice and it sounds like he is teaching a class. As Marty and I walked through the door with the cake, all the firefighter's started applauding and Vic looked stunned. We truly caught him by surprise. And, the cake...the cake was a thing of glory. It was a gigantic sheet cake decorated with an over-sized gravestone that said Rest In Peace and we had a full 40 candles ablaze on the cake. Of course, there were all kinds of crack about it being a good thing the party was at a fire department because there were enough candles to light a house on fire.
When Vic got home the next day, he told me how his shift commander had arranged the whole thing. When Vic got to work that morning, his boss announced that they had added a training class to the schedule and it needed to be done that day. So, Vic started to do what they usually did and scheduled a time to visit each station to do the class. His boss told him that they couldn't do the class at each station. Everyone had to come to headquarters that night. Vic said he was really frustrated by that because it made no sense and he just couldn't understand why the boss man was insisting it be done that way. Vic also said that not only was it a great surprise when we showed up with the cake but it explained the insanity of the day. It was so much fun pulling one over on him.
Have you ever thrown a surprise party or had one thrown for you?