Hang in with me here…it’s a funny one…
So my dad’s 55th birthday is today. Happy Birthday, once again! For his birthday he got up early and did a 55 mile bike ride. Wow! Well, this morning Heather and Mom call and “suggest” that I make dinner tonight. Which is fine by me but I tell them I have absolutely nothing. We get on speakerphone and decide on one of my dad’s favorite, baked spaghetti. They ensure that I’ll have garlic bread and my mom pipes up “I’ll make salad…do you mind picking up the lettuce?” Really, mom? We all start laughing…I’ll get salad…buuut do you mind getting the lettuce? For the record, I completely forgot to get the lettuce at the store and then my mom said she’d get it, fixes it at home and then completely forgets to bring it to my house and has to go back and get it. That salad was did not want to happen!
So this afternoon I go with the girls to Walgreens to pick out his card and in my mindset I decide to go with something funny…about being old(er – Dad, I don’t think you’re old!). The girls are intent on helping out. I turn down the purple Barbie birthday card that Lexi picks out first but then she hands over a card that actually made me laugh out loud. And I say perfect, Lexi! The outside said “You don’t have to take your birthday lying down!” And the inside says, “Unless you want to!” So I’m thinking perfect! He’s probably so tired from his long bike ride and it makes a joke of him being old…this couldn’t be a more perfect card!
I should add in here that Dad is NOTORIOUS for not reading his cards. If it’s more than like 5 words, he skips right to the signatures. So he opens all his cards tonight including ours which Lexi was SUPER proud of…
opens his presents
We take birthday photos
I light the cake with a near-blow-torch
And then Mom says, “Did you get what your card is suggesting??” I’m thinking yeah, he’s old and tired. She starts laughing and then hands the card over to me:
Gah, I completely skipped over the “Honey” and all the hearts and THE BED. Yes, that is the card I gave to my dad for his 55th birthday from his daughter and granddaughters.
We caught a picture of how happy the girls were to give it to him. Lexi thought it was HILARIOUS and didn’t catch the real meaning at all.
After I figured it out, I was like, “Birthday Card FAIL!” Mom says “Oh but Lexi picked it out.” And I said, “Yeah, but I screened them all first! I turned down the purple Barbie one.” Heather, always one to quip, “Then, yeah, that’s a big FAIL.”
This post was written at the behest of all those involved with the warning that it would be all over Facebook if not.