Why We Love Surprises
As our days grow more and more routine, guessing what might happen next makes surprises all the more exhilarating. But for some families, this is made impossible by the fact their loved ones are away in a far off land for months at a time. For example, they don’t have the luxury of dropping in unannounced during a lunch break or surprising their kids at school. In fact, some haven’t ever met their children before they deploy hundreds or thousands of miles away. Surprises have the unexpectedness that brings out the child within us, where so much of the world is surprising.
A Heartfelt Shock
First, allow us to introduce you to Birdie and her family. At home it’s her, two sisters, and momma. Meanwhile, daddy’s been away on deployment serving in the military for over a year. So, for her birthday, her mom got her “When Birdie Grows Up – Daddy Edition” to remind her of her loving father so far away. Or so she thought. When her mom asks her if she’d like for her daddy to read it to her, cue his entrance stage right. Surprise! Not only is she surprised by his sudden appearance, but so are Birdie’s sisters. They don’t know what to think, the shock is so sudden and profound. Is he real? Can this be happening? We were so touched to see the reality of Birdie’s dad surprising his family in such a heartfelt way.
Meeting for the First Time
Next, meet Reina. Reina’s parents, Martha and Domingo, are both active service members in the Air Force and Navy. Domingo came home to find the Daddy Edition of “When Reina Grows Up” waiting for him. A surprise. Joy intermingled with tears. Above all, when we see photos like this, hands over the eyes to wipe back the most exquisite of tears, it reminds all of us of our families and the times it was us in Domingo’s position, overflowing with emotion.
Keep Those Surprises Coming
When we really think about it, surprises, especially the good kind, add an element of excitement to the daily routines we so diligently follow. We love seeing the surprised reactions to when parents receives one of our books. For instance, the smiles are genuine, the emotions raw and real, the joy evident. As such, our smiles are from ear to ear when we see photos from parents surprising their loved ones and using our books as a way to bring everyone together. Keep sending us those surprise reactions. It’s incredibly refreshing and heartwarming to see.