Reason #783 My Wife is the Best

A few weeks back, Emily asked me if October 28th worked for a lunch in Toronto with "the girls."  I thought it was odd they were having a lunch so close to their last get together.  I decided that maybe it was being arranged so they could see the significant others and children.  They haven't seen Everett in a long while, and maybe they needed their "Christopher rambles on and on about his writing career" fix for the fall.  I also didn't want to expend too much brain power over such a small issue, and just agreed to tag along and make sure my calendar was free.

On the 28th, Emily was really big on making sure we arrived on time for 1:00pm.  It seemed a little against her nature, but we have recently tried adopting a "let's be early rather than just on time" plan in order to stop being late to everything.  I just felt this was part of the new Spicer strategy.  I was also a little shocked that she was ready before our agreed 11:30 departure time.  I'm not sure if that has ever happened.  I again didn't give it much thought, and decide once again this was just the new Spicer way of doing things.

Emily then drove, and I proceeded to not pay attention to where we were going.  Because well, that is what I do best.  It also is the reason I'm often lost or late.  I should probably remedy the whole not paying attention to where I am strategy, but it at least worked into Emily's master plan.

Finally, Emily is in the area she wants to be, and I notice something.

"Hey, there are those circus tents.  This is where we've seen Cirque du Soleil."

"Wow, I'm impressed you actually know where you are."

"Look at all those cars.  They must have a show on today."

Emily didn't respond to that.  I started thinking how much I love Cirque du Soleil and should look into getting tickets for this new show. 

Emily then was parked and we got out of the car.  I thought it was an odd place to park, because I didn't see any restaurant anywhere.  Was Emily so intent on getting free parking that we were stuck in the wastelands where there was just a circus tent and some factories?  I started to fear that the girls have decided shoe leather and screws were a delicious lunch choice.

Then Emily said, "You may have noticed there aren't any restaurants around here.  Surprise!  We are going to see Cirque du Soleil, and this is your early birthday present!  Happy early birthday!"

So, yeah, this is probably one of the first ever true surprises in my life.  I've faked being surprised.  I've been a little surprised but often had an idea that it was coming.  This time, I really did think we were going for lunch with "the girls".  It never even crossed my thoughts that we would be seeing Cirque du Soleil.

It was an awesome surprise from an awesome woman.  I also got to watch Everett enjoy his first circus experience.  For a 10 month old, he was super behaved and seemed to like it for the most part.

I know Everett distracted me a bit.  I was still able to enjoy the acrobatic stunts, tricks with unicycles, crazy contortions, and the story about a young girl trying to connect with her true love despite the disapproval of her pet lizard and her cello playing mom.

I love Cirque du Soleil, but more importantly, I love my wife.