Wednesday, June 19, 2013

So...I didn't totally fail Father's Day

*Disclaimer: The title of this blog would have been much different, if not for my Best Friend, Alicia. She is one of a kind and I am not worthy of the time she lovingly puts into my family.   Muchas Gracias Amiga! 

So...I nearly failed Father's Day! It was the Friday evening before the big day and the only thing in our house that even pointed out a holiday on the horizon was the calendar (which I rarely have time to consult.) I hadn't bought a card telling my husband he was the best dad ever; There wasn't a single thing for him to open and I had no plans to change that.

Not because he doesn't deserve it. He does, truly. I could not have picked a better father for my children. He loves them and genuinely wants to spend as much time as he can with all of us. I can leave for extended periods, knowing he will take care of the Tinies (nearly) as well as I would! He is a great man and deserves the moon.

Also, it is not because I am a "bad" wife. I would say there is never a day I rank under "decent"...

It just surprises me how quickly time passes. As soon as I get one thing on my to do list crossed off, it is already to late to plan for the next.

This is where my Best Friend comes in! 

See if you would call a good friend a couple days before a holiday and tell them you have failed. They would probably say something like "It is okay, James knows you love him and that he is a good dad. He doesn't need you to get him a present." Which is all true. Life surely would have gone on, had I neglected my wifely/motherly duties this one time.

However, when I went to text my best friend, this was the conversation that took place:

Me: I have failed Father's Day.
Alicia: How do you fail something that hasn't even happened yet?
Me: Well, I don't have a present and have no plans to change that.
Waiting for a response...
Me: I should go out and get him something right?
Still waiting for a response...
Me: I should probably go right now, what are you up to tonight?
Alicia: Changing my clothes and wondering what store I should meet you at.

So we went. But just wait. Her awesomeness does not end there! She continued to be a great asset once we reached our Present Finding Destination!

Once inside James' favorite store, J.L Waters, I was having a hard time finding something that he would like. ...Well okay, I found several things he would like; Several things he has mentioned could be useful. Like a...

A giant tent.
A new pair of Keens.
A $400 "drop me in the middle of nowhere for a month and I will be fine" backpack.

Just nothing within our price range that he would truly love.

It was crunch time - The store was closing, the polite salesmen were trying to hurry us up a bit. We were 3/4 the way through the store and all I have is a bag to put this future, hypothetical present in...

Out of the blue, Alicia says all nonchalantly "There's a hammock. James likes hammocks."

OMGoodness to Pete, does James like hammocks! He says how much he would use one every other week or so. Annnnd they just happen to have it in his favorite color - Burnt Orange.

The Father's Day Hammock of 2013

All-in-All it worked out. 

The husband is happy, the children are happy and I didn't fail 
Father's Day. 

In the words of my BFF Alicia "I frickin' love Happy Endings!"

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