I like surprises. Which is why I never understand it when Doug buys his own Christmas gifts. After all, I’ve known him for over 20 years. Doesn’t he trust me to get him a present that is well suited to meet his wants, likes, and needs? Doesn’t he want me to surprise him?
I got home from work last week and he informed me that I didn’t have to buy him a Christmas gift this year. He had already taken care of it. After all, he was just trying to save me the aggravation of going to the golf store and finding the putter he really wanted. (Even though he had written down the exact type and model number, he was still concerned I would screw it up.)
So, he bought the club for himself and hid it in the basement. On Christmas, I am supposed to pull it out as a “gift” from me and the kids, and he’s going to act like he is actually surprised.
I can hardly wait. Unfortunately, I've never been good at faking it or going through the motions. I like real life drama. Sure, surprises are known to backfire on me, but it's all about the anticipation and suspense.
Should I be glad he saved me the trip? Would you rather have the real life drama of a surprise, or is it better to play it predictable and safe?