Young woman holding flowers.

I Threw a Surprise Party for a Friend

I wasn't really planning to do it. I decided the very last minute, but everything worked out perfectly.

It kind of hit me very early today that I haven't seen her in a long time. She's always been there for me even when I didn't want to see her.

So, when I awoke today I decided to do it.

It wasn't a big deal. I mean I didn't go through a lot of trouble. It would have been great if I had invited more people to join me.

Maybe you. I don't know how really busy you are and if you'd even care to be there, but it would have been great.

The surprise party was held in my back yard.

Just before her arrival I sat alone and listened to the birds. The chimes that I got from Marianne could be heard in the distance as the air began to stir. It reminded me of church bells I used to hear back when I was a child.

There was no particular song played on the chimes but I read on the enclosed pamphlet that the notes each chime was created to ring are the exact same notes in the song Ave Maria.

How perfect!

A little tired from the day before, I thought about what I would say when she arrived. My thinking wasn't clear, perhaps I should have written everything down, but I was confident that when the moment came I could express myself well enough to make her feel important.

That was my intention anyway. I mean I wanted this to be a big thing. I wanted to make her feel as important as she has always made me feel.

I love looking at the sky, I get lost in puffy white clouds and I wave at airplanes as they pass overhead on the way to places I long to be.

Suddenly, from behind me a small gathering of sparrows and starlings flew overhead.

I thought how majestic and awesome that would be for her to see upon her arrival. Not fancy doves released from a cage at a specified time, but a moment unexpected and breathtakingly planned by God.

It was about to all come together. Everyone was there. The butterflies, birds, squirrels, chipmunks and even our hummingbirds.

I could see her off in the distance,

"Wait, I forgot my camera!" I thought. But there was no time. She was about to arrive and I didn't want to spoil it.

There she was. All the perfectly wonderful things I thought about saying suddenly left me.

All I could think to say was "Wow!" Followed by "Thanks, God!"

She was awesome. As if on cue, another group of birds flew toward her. The chimes responded to a gentle breeze and I stood there in awe.

"surprise" I whispered as she continued her approach.

"Right on time, as always" I said more clearly.

"I should be here for you every day. You are always there for me."

Yes, it was a new day and I surprised her by being there at sunrise, arms open wide, and mind set on making it mine. All too often I waste moments like this. Too many times I have wasted entire days moaning and complaining about how my days are going.

But who controls that? Me.

You see, every day arrives the same way all fresh and new. What we choose to do in that day, how we choose to see it is up to us.

Time is a like money. We get to choose how we spend it.

I wish you could have been there. Perhaps tomorrow. Let's throw another surprise party together. Me here and you there wherever you are.

Check the exact time for the sunrise where you live and throw a surprise party.

It's not just another day... it's another chance!

"I wish you enough!"
~ Bob Perks ~

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[ by: Bob Perks Copyright © 2011 ( -- {used with permission} ]

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