After everything that happened with my Dad a few weeks ago, it was a real treat that our paths came just close enough that we could have a brief visit last week. The day I arrived in New York City, my parents were scheduled to leave Pennsylvania, where they'd been on vacation. We decided to meet in the middle of the two points at my cousins house, even if it was only for a few hours.
My cousin picked me up at the train station on his way home from work and as soon as we arrived at his house, I noticed there was more than my parent's car in the driveway. My aunts and uncles had also made the trip. I haven't seen my family in well over a year, so it was so wonderful to see all of them.
They also surprised me by throwing me a surprise birthday -- some 84 days in advance! They had picked up a cake from Vegan Treats and even my most skeptical omnivore relatives thought the cake was the best they'd ever had (it was pretty awesome!).
I can't recall the last time I celebrated my birthday with my parents, let alone my extended family, so even though my birthday isn't until September, it was really great to be able to have a celebration with them.
Have you ever had a surprise birthday party?