Sunday, June 15, 2008

Fathers Day

Oh man. I had one of those "Blonder Than I Pay To Be" moments today. We were at a going away party for some friends. (Life as an expat means that people 'go away' every year and then one year it is your turn. Sigh.) We were discussing Fathers Day and I just needed to insist that it was tomorrow. Here is a bit how that went:

Me: Yep. The girls want to make breakfast in bed for Bill tomorrow. But the Lazy Gringo was giving free drinks to Fathers today - what was that about?
Friends: (Silence for a second) It's Fathers Day.
Me: No, it is tomorrow .... right? Sunday.
Friends: Honey (this friend is from Georgia:)), what day do you usually go to church?
Me. (Silence because the light goes on). I'm a complete idiot. My poor husband.

My only solace is that that his family didn't celebrate these holidays too much. Hallmark Holidays and all that. I still feel terrible because in MY family we DEFINITELY celebrate these holidays. And in my defense ... it is now just Fathers Day morning in the States and mentally I was planning my "Happy Fathers Day" skype call to my own wonderful Dad ... tomorrow morning our time. Aw crud. That doesn't cut it, does it.

Ah and what shall we do to make amends?

And Daddy if you are reading this (am your time that is:). I love you and Happy Fathers Day!

Laurel

4 comments:

Heather said...

Oh, that's funny! It kind of snuck up on me too and I was rushing around Saturday night trying to get a card and a gift. Oooops.

I've been meaning to email you and tell you that I've started reading your blog from the beginning and I am REALLY enjoying it. When I was little my dad worked for Mobile Oil and we moved to Indonesia. I can relate to your experience of living in such a different place.

And now, I'm going to gush...get ready...I wanted to tell you that you are an amazing mom. When we moved to Indonesia, my mom was frozen with fear and panic and as a result, we spent alot of time behind the bamboo fences of our house, missing out on all of the culture and beauty around us. From what I've read, you're embracing this adventure and I want you to know what a beautiful gift that is to your kids.

Lynda said...

Well, aren't you having an unusual experience. I imagine your children will be amazing people when this is all over - thanks for sharing! Hope Dad had a good day - no matter which one it was ;-)

Neurotically Yours: said...

We ALL have those moments :)

Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment !!

Mama's Losin' It said...

I love it. I did the same thing with hubby's birthday...I was actually saving money and making plans to surprise him with trip home to Hawaii for his 40th. I had my Mom all lined up to watch the kids this August. The other day he and I were talking about birthdays when he mentioned something along the lines of what it's like to be forty.

Oops. Looks like I missed it.

And I can't even blame it on being blond. I'm just stupid.