We buy him candy, and he doesn't eat it. One year, we bought him chocolate-covered espresso beans (coffee AND chocolate), and those are still sitting in the cabinet. All he likes are Altoids and TicTacs, and damned if I'm buying those for him again.
I just made Larry sound like the least fun person in the entire world. But, seriously, what sort of person prefers Altoids and TicTacs to normal candy?
So, yeah, I was stuck. Until I got an idea. An awesome idea. You see, Theo hasn't been home since last Christmas, and Larry misses him. So Theo agreed to use his 4-day pass to fly home and surprise his father this weekend.
|The miracle of flight - making birthdays easy|
The surprise is what makes it fun, folks. That's what I learned this week. And part of the fun was that the girls and I had to prep for the visit without Larry noticing. Luckily for us, Larry doesn't pay much attention to what is happening in the house unless he is busy destroying it. Think I'm exaggerating? One year - the year Larry tore apart the den - we went out and bought a Christmas tree without his help, put it up in the living room, and strung the lights on it. When he came home from work, we waited for him to notice.
|This was banished to the downstairs fridge|
So we all managed to surprise Larry, despite the fact that I was grinning from ear to ear (no, really, that is exactly what it felt like) as we sat in the living room after dinner, Larry relaxing and me waiting for Theo and Anna (she picked him up at the airport) to walk in the door. Best yet, I was off the hook for a decent present. Larry ended up with a key chain (from a brewery in Maine) and a travel coffee mug (from our campground in Maine) and a package of gummy candy lobsters (from guess where) that were a little too chewy, unfortunately.
But hey, if Larry's nice to me, maybe I'll agree to see "The Martian" this weekend. I figure there's Matt Damon for me and a horribly depressing guy-stranded-on-another-planet story line for him - perfect for the couple who can rarely agree on what to see at the movies. Those casting people really knew what they were doing, I guess.
[Airplane image: Wikipedia]